While BRI is focused on compiling and generating new scientific data, communicating technical information to decision makers and others is a critical component of our approach and philosophy.
As BRI works with various clients on projects to examine mercury in specific ecosystems, we generate reports detailing our work and findings. To obtain a specific report, or details on our work, please contact BRI directly.
Government and Agency Briefings
The Ecological Society of America, in partnership with the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, cosponsored a Congressional briefing entitled: “Mercury and Air Pollution Impacts on Ecosystems: Policy-Relevant Highlights from New Scientific Studies.” Click here for more information.
Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research Partnership Group
In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), BRI is assisting in the process of developing a global mercury monitoring system, and was engaged in the deliberations for an internationally binding treaty for monitoring mercury as a global pollutant. Click here for BRI’s brochure: Mercury in the Global Environment.
The Minamata Convention for Mercury
The Minamata Convention for Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the fifth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Geneva, Switzerland at 7 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, 19 January 2013. The major highlights of the Minamata Convention on Mercury include a ban on new mercury mines, the phase-out of existing ones, control measures on air emissions, and the international regulation of the informal sector for artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the convention.