The four-day Minamata Initial Assessment Inception and Mercury Toolkit Training Workshop convened at the Hilton Trinidad Conference Centre on Monday 10th October 2016 with participants from each of the partaking countries. Day 1 of the proceedings served as the Inception Workshop for the MIA project where representatives from the BCRC-C gave an overview of the need for the project and its goals. Representatives from each country also gave presentations indicating their national preliminary assessments of mercury sources.
The remaining workshop days’ activities were led by the consultant, Dr. David Buck of the Biodiversity Research Institute. Day 2 focused on the UNEP/International Solid Waste Management (ISWA) Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and Disposal. Dr. Buck gave four presentations in which he summarized the importance of monitoring and inventorying mercury waste and the sources, storage methods and recovery and disposal options for mercury waste.
Days 3 and 4 involved the training of workshop participants on the UNEP Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases (Toolkit). The Toolkit training workshop illustrated to participants, important concepts related to the development of a national mercury inventory. This included approaches for identifying major categories and sub-categories of mercury emissions and releases and how these releases can be quantified. Participants also gained practical experience in searching for and entering data into the Toolkit spreadsheet in order to enable them to develop their country’s inventory and National Mercury Profile.
The workshop report will soon be made available on the website’s Information Dissemination page.