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
Under the Minamata Convention, each Party is charged with protecting human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Jamaica ratified the Convention on July 19, 2017. In order to assist the country with the implementation of the Convention, the Government of Jamaica conducted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA).
Download the following brochures to learn how you can participate in regional and global efforts to monitor mercury in cosmetics, humans, and seafood in your country. Each brochure outlines the sampling process and highlights how participation will help countries meet requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
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