Following the official start of the GEF-funded project “Development of Minamata Initial Assessment in the Caribbean (Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago)” in late 2016, national inception workshops were held in each of the participating countries over the March-April 2017 period in order to introduce relevant national stakeholders to the issues associated with mercury releases and to the project activities which aim to enhance the national structures for dealing with mercury management by facilitating the ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

At the workshops, presentations were made by the consultants responsible for carrying out the project’s activities. National Project Coordinators in each country will be responsible for carrying out the on-the-ground work involved in conducting a detailed mercury inventory. A review of the legislative and regulatory framework in each participating country as it relates to mercury management will be conducted by legal consultant, Dr Winston Mc Calla. Dr David Buck of the Biodiversity Research Institute will act as the main consultant for the Minamata Initial Assessment Report.

Stakeholders from various public and private sector organisations were engaged at the workshops and included participants from the customs, medical/dental, energy, legal and industrial sectors.

Following the workshops, site visits were also carried out at potential mercury-contaminated sites which mainly comprised of landfills since a major source of mercury releases occurs from the disposal of mercury containing or contaminated products such as, fluorescent light bulbs.

For more project information, visit: https://www.bcrc-caribbean.org/download/public_project_documents/mercury/development_of_a_minamata_initial_assessment_project_jamaica_saint_kitts_and_nevis_saint_lucia_and_trinidad_and_tobago/Regional-MIA-PIF-1.pdf

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