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Minamata Convention: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Minamata Convention: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Minamata Initial Assessments in Saint Kitts and Nevis

As International Technical Experts, BRI assisted several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Saint Kitts and Nevis, as part of a regional Minamata Initial Assessment. The Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean, based in Trinidad and Tobago, implemented the regional MIA project and BRI provided 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 Saint Kitts and Nevis 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 Saint Kitts and Nevis

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

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.

St. Kitts and Nevis became a party to the Convention in 2017. In order to assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis conducted a Mercury Initial Assessment (MIA).

Click here to download the full brochure.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 54,191 (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 261 sq km
  • Capital City: Basseterre
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 370 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 23, 1983
 

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 St. Kitts and Nevis at the Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.
Representatives of St. Kitts and Nevis at the 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 Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 28, 2017.
BRI Executive Director, David Evers, presents at the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 28, 2017.
 
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 28, 2017.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, held in Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 28, 2017.
 

See Us In Action

Check out the album below to see more pictures from our visit to Saint Kitts and Nevis, where we visited fish markets and sites that may be sources of mercury contamination. 

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Minamata Initial Assessment
Monitoring Mercury in the Caribbean

MONITORING MERCURY IN THE CARIBBEAN

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. 

Phasing Out Mercury-added Products in the Caribbean Region: Skin Lightening Creams and Other Cosmetics

Mercury Biomonitoring in the Caribbean Region: People

Mercury Biomonitoring in the Caribbean Region: Seafood

 
Photo Credits: Header Image, St Kitts, Basseterre © mbrand85; St Kitts and Nevis flag © Carsten Reisinger
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