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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

BRI in the News

BRI news stories have appeared in many regional, national, and international news outlets. These stories help promote awareness of our work, but also promote the general issues of conservation biology and the need to continue research in wildlife health and its implications to human health.

BRI's researchers are available to talk to journalists and provide expert information on both their work and the broader topics of their expertise. 

To set up interviews, contact: 

Deborah McKewCommunications Director 

News Archive

Feb 18, 2019

BRI's Mercury Inventory Work in Belize Featured in Guardian

How much mercury is released in Belize?

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean), in collaboration with the Department of Environment in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, held a National Inception Workshop for the project, “Development of Minamata Initial Assessment in the Caribbean (Belize)” at the Best Western Plus 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.

Participants were from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development through the Department of Environment; the Ministry for Health; the Ministry of Investment and Trade; the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Immigration, Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum, Ministry of Human Development and the medical, dental, energy, waste, environment and education public and private sectors. They heard opening remarks from Edgar Ek, Deputy Chief Environmental Officer of the Department of Environment and presentations from project staff from the BCRC-Caribbean including Marco Manzanilla, National Project Coordinator for the inventory; Dr. David Evers, International Technical Expert from the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI); and Judy Daniel, Legal Consultant from Environmental Advisors Inc.

Read the full article here.

Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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