The Governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica are participating in the project “Development of Minamata Initial Assessment in the Caribbean” (MIA Project) along with Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The MIA Project aims to facilitate the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury to contribute to the protection of human health and the environment from the risks posed by unintentional and intentional emissions and releases of the toxic chemical element as well as unsound use and management of mercury.
The project commenced with a Regional Inception Workshop and Mercury Training in Antigua on 14-16 March 2018 and National Inception Workshops in each of the participating countries.
Antigua and Barbuda’s and Dominica’s National Inception Workshops were held on the 14th and 18th of May 2018, respectively. Key national stakeholders were in attendance and workshop proceedings consisted of presentations from technical and legal consultants, National Project Coordinators (NPC) and staff from the BCRC-Caribbean.
The project team also conducted site visits to potential contaminated sites (landfills) and assessed commonly consumed species of fish to develop a sampling procedure for the component aimed at testing the mercury content in relevant aquatic species.
Workshop reports for each country are available at the following links: