The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe will hold its 11th Special Science Symposium October 20-21, 2015, in Brussels. Addressing ways to integrate science, biomonitoring, and policy for the successful implementation of the UNEP Minamata Convention on Mercury, this capacity-building event aims to develop methods and determine how to apply them to the Convention. The symposium will focus on those aspects of the Minamata Convention that require the most immediate attention from countries upon ratification of the convention, with special attention placed on current EU legislation regarding management and risk assessment of mercury.
For more information on the 11th Special Science Symposium, including themes and a full program, click here. See below for BRI’s contributions to the symposium.
Developing a Guidance Document for Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Minamata Convention: An Emphasis on the Need for Knowledge and Data Management Systems
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: David Evers, BRI, and Nicola Pirrone, CNR-IIA (Italy)
Discussion in break-out groups Group C: Fate, Transport, and Data Management and Modeling of Mercury in Heterogeneous Environments
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 2:20 p.m.
Leaders: Nicola Pirrone, CNR-IIA (Italy), and David Evers, BRI
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is the first global agreement specifically designed to address contamination from a heavy metal. Opened for signature in October 2013, the Convention is the first major environmental treaty since the Kyoto Protocol came into force in 2005. It seeks to address issues related to the use and release of mercury including trade, industrial uses, and major sources of atmospheric emissions and releases of mercury into the environment, as well as long-term storage and disposal of mercury and mercury compounds.
As experts in the field of mercury science, BRI researchers were invited by U.S. government officials to participate as a nongovernmental organization during the negotiating process of the Convention. BRI serves as co-lead of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research partnership area. As a co-lead BRI is assisting with development of a globally coordinated mercury monitoring and observation system. In addition, BRI is an executing agency for Minamata Convention Initial Assessment (MIA) activities in several countries. These activities are designed to assist countries with developing strategies for ratifying and ultimately implementing the Convention.
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