As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 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
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, the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines conducted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA).
Representatives from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Grenada gathered in Jolly Harbour, Antigua, March 14-16, 2018, for the Minamata Initial Assessment Regional Inception Meeting and Inventory Workshop. At the workshop, BRI's David Evers, Oksana Lane, and Molly Taylor presented on a variety of mercury-related topics such as the development of national mercury inventories, biomonitoring, cosmetic sampling, and air sampling.
On March 11th, BRI and the BCRC-Caribbean visited Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to host the Validation Workshop for the Minamata Initial Assessment in the Caribbean. This Workshop was hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, and Information Technology. Click here for a full copy of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Results Validation Workshop Report.
Download the following brochures to learn how you can participate in regional and global efforts to monitor mercury in cosmetics, humans, and seafood in your country. Each brochure outlines the sampling process and highlights how participation will help countries meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
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