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UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Area
UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Area
Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research

The UN Environment Programme's Global Mercury Partnership (GMP) was created to protect human health and the environment from the release of mercury and its compounds. The overall goal is to minimize and, where feasible, ultimately eliminate anthropogenic mercury releases to air, water, and land.

A global understanding of major processes and mechanisms that affect the dynamics of mercury in the atmosphere and ecosystems is important for setting and implementing strategies on mercury at local, regional, and global levels.

The GMP has identified eight priorities for action, or partnership areas, and established an advisory group for each. BRI is a co-lead for the Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research partnership area and is hosting this page for sharing information to the group. 

Please Provide Feedback


In order to best serve our membership, we invite you to answer the following three questions:
  1. What topics would be of interest for potential future webinars or themed meetings as suggested at the December meeting?
  2. Are there other scientists, organizations of the scientific community, or relevant stakeholders that you would suggest that we reach out to in order to expand the F&T Partnership membership?
  3. What are your suggestions for activities, projects, or events that you feel the Partnership area should conduct?
Please respond by May 7th
Send your responses to: Celia Chen
Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research Partnership

Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research Partnership

Integrated and updated global assessments, based on reliable information from regional and national levels, are essential for improving global understanding of mercury and for predicting trends. The Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research partnership group works toward that goal.

Members of the F&T group have been actively contributing to the Minamata Convention on Mercury for more than 14 years. The Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research (F&T) group was one of the first partnership areas created when the Global Mercury Partnership and the Partnership Area Groups were initiated in 2006. Since then, the F&T’s members have contributed to the preparation of the Global Mercury Assessment (GMA) for the Ad-Hoc Working Groups, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee meetings, and later for the meetings of the Conference of Parties (COP). 

To download the Partnership Area Fact Sheet, click here.

Partnership Area News and Updates

Partnership Area News and Updates

Summary of Mercury Policy Meetings in Geneva for the F&T GMP, November 2019.

This communication is an effort to bring the F&T Partnership membership up to date on the events, issues, and discussions surrounding the GMPs and the Minamata Convention in order for the F&T community to be able to be more engaged with and provide support to the implementation of the Convention.

Another goal is to inform our membership about some basics about the Partnerships and Convention in order that we can all think of ways to become engaged.

To download the report, click here.

Priority Actions

Priority Actions

To meet its objectives, the Partnership Area puts priority on the following actions:

  • Accelerating the development of sound scientific information in global mercury cycling and its patterns
  • Enhancing compilation and sharing of such information among various stakeholders
  • Providing technical assistance and training
  • Enhancing the development of a globally-coordinated mercury observation system including air and water ecosystems
  • Enhancing the exchange of information and cooperation with relevant international organizations, groups and programmes


Members of the Mercury Air Transport & Fate Research partnership group can find more information on the Minamata Convention website.

Related Articles and Publications

Related Articles and Publications

The UNEP website hosts a wide variety of resources. We will list here those specifically relevant to our members.

Global Mercury Assessment 2018 - Key Findings

Are mercury emissions from satellite electric propulsion an
environmental concern?
Dan Fourie et al. 2019 Environ. Res. Lett. 14 124021

Partnership Area Leads

Partnership Area Leads

Nicola Pirrone - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, National Research Council (CNR)

David Evers - Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Communications Coordinator and Co-chair
Celia Chen - Dartmouth College

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