Like its predecessor, this project is funded by the government of Norway's Overseas Development Assistance (ODA). It is being implemented in collaboration with the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC) and the Stockholm Convention Regional Centres in Mexico (CENICA/INE) and Panama (CIIMET, in alliance with YMCA-Panama).
Aiming to provide a better understanding of mercury storage and disposal issues at country level and to promote the environmentally sound management of excess or surplus mercury, it constitutes another milestone in the overarching ‘UNEP Mercury Storage Project’,
The LAC region is likely to soon face a significant excess of mercury. The surplus must be managed and stored properly. The environmentally sound management of mercury requires adequate expertise, infrastructure, technical standards and institutional capacity.
On 10-11 October 2012, the project inception workshop took place in Panama City. The concept note and draft agenda are available in English (long version) and Spanish (short version).
The workshop provided the participants with a better understanding of the project objectives, design, outputs and expected outcomes. Among others, the national mercury related activities and inventories were presented by Panama (English/Spanish) and Mexico (English/Spanish). Tools previously developed by UNEP were presented. These will be used by Panama and Mexico to:
Further important activities included the following:
Countries were also advised on how to draft a national mercury storage and disposal action plan, which will hopefully guide their efforts towards the effective and economically viable long term storage of mercury.
Listed below are further useful and interesting presentations that were given during the workshop:
The final report of the inception workshop is available in English and in Spanish.
On 3-4 July 2013, the project results workshop took place in Mexico City.
The following documents are now available:
Final Project Reports