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Activities and Projects

UNEP Projects

Mercury Inventory Pilot Project

Inventory development is important for countries in assessing their own situation with regard to mercury pollution and identifying possible ways of dealing with any adverse impacts. To support country efforts, UNEP has developed the Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. UNEP undertook field testing of the Mercury Inventory Toolkit in the Asian and African regions.

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Global Mercury Assessment 2013
Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research Partnership Area has provided over the years a significant scientific contribution in the context of the UNEP Mercury Programme. It has contributed recently to develop the UNEP overall summary report “Global Mercury Assessment 2013; Sources, Emissions, Releases and Environmental Transport” and the relative Technical Background Report in collaboration with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and many other experts.

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The co-leads of the Air Transport and Fate Research Area, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, WHO and UNEP co-organised a side event on mercury monitoring at the seventh intergovernmental negotiating commiteee for Minamata Convention in Dead Sea, Jordan on 9 March 2016.

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Partners Projects

The Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS)

The Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS) is a first attempt to conduct worldwide measurements of mercury from both natural and anthropogenic sources. The GMOS is a five year project (2010-2015) funded by the European Commission, leaded by the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the National Research Council of Italy. The Project aims to establish a worldwide observation system for the measurement of atmospheric mercury in ambient air and precipitation samples, in the marine environment as well as in the lower - upper troposphere and lower stratosphere.

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UNECE-HTAP Task Force, WG on Hg

Italy is Leading the Working Group on Mercury. The major goals of this WG was to perform a modeling intercomparison for assessing the effectiveness of emission reduction measures and an assessment of the relative contribution of natural vs. anthropogenic sources on hemispheric and global scales. Results have been published in the TF HTAP Report, Part B: Mercury, published in 2010.

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Polar Research Program

As part of the Italian Polar Research Programme (PNRA) Italy performed (2012-2014) an intensive campaigns in Ny-Alesund on the Svalbard Islands at the Italian research site and at DOME-C in Antarctica (Italian-French bi-lateral program). The aim of this project is to investigate on mercury depletion mechanisms that affect the transfer of mercury from the atmosphere to surface snow in both polar areas.

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