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Minamata Convention: Belize
Minamata Convention: Belize

Minamata Initial Assessments in Belize

As International Technical Experts BRI is assisting several Caribbean countries, including Belize, as part of a regional Minamata Initial Assessment. The Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean 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 Belize 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


Mercury Monitoring in Belize


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, Belize is conducting mercury monitoring in collaboration with BRI. 

Click here to download the Mercury Monitoring brochure.

Click here to download the Ecosystem Sensitivity Mapping brochure.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 366,954 (World Bank 2016)
  • Surface Area: 22,966 sq km (UN Data 2014)
  • Capital City: Belmopan
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 97,523 tonnes (FAO 2015)
  • UN Membership Date: September 25, 1981

Inception Meeting and Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

The Minamata Initial Assessment Inception Meeting and Inventory Training Workshop were held in Belize on January 23, 2019. There, participants, which included representatives from several key stakeholders, were familiarized with the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) and organized meetings and site visits with consultants to facilitate data collection. This event was covered by The Guardian; click to read the full article.

Photo Credits: Header Image, Glover's Reef Atoll, Belize © Duarte Dellarole-shutterstock; Belize flag © Gil C-shutterstock
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