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Minamata Convention: Sao Tome and Principe
Minamata Convention: Sao Tome and Principe

Minamata Initial Assessments in Sao Tome and Principe

Through our Center for Mercury Studies, BRI (an Executing Agency with UNIDO) will work with the Sao Tome and Principe government to conduct a Minamata Initial Assessment over the next two years. These activities will complement Sao Tome and Principe's efforts to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment. 

Formal Capacity: Executing Agency

Project Lead: Molly Taylor

Minamata Focal Point: Mr. Arlindo Carvalho

Collaborating Ministry: Minsitry of Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Environment

Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UNIDO

    

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 190,000 (World Bank 2015)
  • Surface Area: 964 sq km
  • Capital City: São Tomé
  • Official Language: Portuguese
  • Fish Production: 3,283 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 16, 1975


The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. These volcanic islands are known for their striking rock and coral formations, such as the skyscraper-like Pico Cao Grande. Once a Portuguese colony, Sao Tome and Principe gained independence in 1975. Due to it's colonial past, the country's culture blends both European and African influence.

 

Inception Meeting

Participants of the Inception Meeting for the Minamata Initial Assessment, held July 13, 2016 in Sao Tome.
Participants of the Inception Meeting for the Minamata Initial Assessment, held July 13, 2016 in Sao Tome.
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held July 14-15, 2016 in Sao Tome.
Participants of the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held July 14-15, 2016 in Sao Tome.

SEE US IN ACTION

Check out the album below to see more pictures from our visit to Sao Tome!

Sao Tome - Minamata Initial Assessment
 
Photo Credits: Header image © Rowan Jackson; Sao Tome and Principe flag © Coffee Lover; Workshop participants © BRI staff; Market © David Buck, BRI
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