Sri Lanka signed the Minamata Convention on October 8, 2014. Through our Center for Mercury Studies, BRI (an Executing Agency with UNIDO) will work with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment to conduct a Minamata Initial Assessment over the next two years. These activities will complement Sri Lanka's efforts to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment.
Formal Capacity: Executing Agency
Project Lead: David Evers
Minamata Focal Point: Mahinda Werahera
Collaborating Ministry: Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UNIDO
On October 14, 2014, the Government of Sri Lanka became a signatory of the
Minamata Convention, which entered into force in August 2017. In order to meet its obligations under the treaty, the government of Sri Lanka will conduct a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) to quantitatively and comparatively determine the extent of local mercury pollution. Some information about mercury and recommendations from the Sri Lankan mercury team can be found within this brochure. Click to download the full brochure.
Sri Lanka, a small island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean, is a rugged land of rainforest, diverse wildlife, and endless beaches. Known for its ancient Buddhist ruins, national parks, and the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is a diverse and multicultural country. Sri Lankans encompass many religions and ethnic groups, and speak many languages.
Sri Lanka shares maritime borders with India to its northwest and the Maldives to its southwest.
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