The Republic of Seychelles ratified the Minamata Convention on January 13th, 2015, less than a year after becoming a signatory of the treaty. As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting the Seychelles government in meeting requirements outlined by the Minamata Convention to reduce mercury in the environment. These activities will complement efforts by Seychelles to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment.
Formal Capacity: International Technical Expert
Project Lead: David Evers
Collaborating Ministry: Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Funding Agency: UNDP/GEF
The Republic of Seychelles ratified the Minamata Convention on January 13th, 2015, less than a year after becoming a signatory of the treaty. The Seychelles is a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Indian Ocean that confronts many of the same environmental and human health issues as other SIDS. An issue of importance for the Seychelles is the safe disposal of mercury-containing products such as thermometers, batteries and light sources.
BRI's Center for Mercury Studies is working closely with the GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, and the local GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) to assist the Seychelles with the country's Minamata Initial Assessment. Specifically, BRI is collaborating with its partners in the Seychelles to implement UN Environment's Mercury Inventory Toolkit that will help identify and estimate any major mercury sources on the Seychelles. This work will include identifying necessary intervention strategies, potential legislative gaps, and implementing a communication awareness campaign that will assist the country with is compliance with the Minamata Convention.
The Republic of Seychelles is a 115-island archipelago situated 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Africa. Its area is about two-and-a-half times the size of Washington, D.C.
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