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Minamata Convention: Saint Lucia
Minamata Convention: Saint Lucia

Minamata Initial Assessments in Saint Lucia

As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Saint Lucia, 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 Saint Lucia 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.

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: 182,273 (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 616 sq km
  • Capital City: Castries
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 1,440 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 18, 1979
 

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 Saint Lucia at the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.
Representatives of Saint Lucia at the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.
 

Validation Workshop

Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop held in Saint Lucia, October 25, 2017.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop held in Saint Lucia, October 25, 2017.

SEE US IN ACTION

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

Saint Lucia - Minamata Initial Assessment
 
Photo Credits: Header Image, Saint Lucia © PlusONE; St Lucia flag © Gil C
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