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Minamata Convention: Jamaica
Minamata Convention: Jamaica

Minamata Initial Assessments in Jamaica

As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, as part of a regional Minamata Initial Assessment. The Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean, based in Trinidad and Tobago, 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 Jamaica 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 Evers

Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UN Environment

Executing 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.

Both Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis became parties to the Convention in 2017. 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: 2.7 million (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 10,990 sq km
  • Capital City: Kingston
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 11,671 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 18, 1962
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

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

Validation Workshop

BRI Executive Director, David Evers, presents at the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Jamaica, October 30, 2017.
BRI Executive Director, David Evers, presents at the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Jamaica, October 30, 2017.
 
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Jamaica, October 30, 2017.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Jamaica, October 30, 2017.

SEE US IN ACTION

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

Jamaica - Minamata Initial Assessment
 
Photo Credits: Header Image, Clarendon, Jamaica, Farquars Beach © Craig F Scott; Jamaica flag © Gil C
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