Guatemala signed the Minimata Convention on October 10, 2013. Through our Center for Mercury Studies, BRI (an Executing Agency with UNIDO) will work with the Guatemalan Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to conduct a Minamata Initial Assessment over the next two years. These activities will complement Guatemala'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: Fausto Cano
Collaborating Ministry: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UNIDO
The Minamata Convention on Mercury opened for signature on October 10, 2013 and entered into force on August 16, 2017. To assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the government of Guatemala conducted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) to quantitatively and comparatively determine the extent of local mercury pollution. Some findings from the MIA and recommendations from the Guatemala mercury team can be found in this brochure.
The Republic of Guatemala is a Central American country bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Savador, in addition to both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The country's landscape is characterized by steep volcanoes and tropical rainforests, providing important habitat to many endemic species. The country is known for its many ancient Mayan sites and a rich culture characterized by Spanish and indigenous influences.
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