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Minamata Convention: Trinidad and Tobago
Minamata Convention: Trinidad and Tobago

Minamata Initial Assessments in Trinidad and Tobago

As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago, as part of a regional Minamata Initial Assessment. The Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean is implementing the regional MIA project and BRI is providing expertise to assist with the development of national mercury inventories for each participating country using UN Environment's Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. The results of this regional MIA will assist Trinidad and Tobago with meeting requirements outlined by the Minamata Convention to reduce mercury in the environment and exposure of mercury to humans. 

Formal Capacity: International Technical Expert

Project Lead: David Buck

Funding Agency: UN Environment/GEF

Implementing Agency: Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean

            

The State of Mercury in the Caribbean

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN THE CARIBBEAN

Under the Minamata Convention, individual countries are charged with protecting human health and the environment from the risks of mercury exposure by systematically controlling mercury emissions and releases, including phasing out the use of mercury in certain products and processes.

In order to assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the Governments of Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago each conducted a Mercury Initial Assessment (MIA).

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Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 1.3 million (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 5,128 sq km
  • Capital City: Port of Spain
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 13,400 tons (FAO 1998)
  • UN Membership Date: September 18, 1962
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment  Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, October 10-13, 2016.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, October 10-13, 2016.
 
Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago at the Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.
Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago at the Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.

SEE US IN ACTION

Check out the album below to see more pictures from our visit to Trinidad and Tobago, where we visited sites that may be sources of mercury contamination. 

Trinidad and Tobago - Minamata Initial Assesment
 
Photo Credits: Header Image, Trinidad and Tobago Mangrove © Altin Osmanaj; Trinidad and Tobago flag © Gil C
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