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. The Toolkit is a key training and guidance document within the Mercury Programme.
The Newsletter (August 2007) provides several selected questions and answers on mercury inventory development with the Toolkit. The questions and answers may help further understand the character of the Toolkit inventory approach and many inventory teams may have similar questions during their work.
UNEP undertook field testing of the Toolkit in the Asian region. The field testing took place within the context of the Pilot Project where UNEP worked with a small group of countries interested in developing their initial mercury inventory and associated action plan. An Inception Workshop for the Asian project took place from 10-12 April 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand Meeting overview report. The results workshop took place from 11-13 March 2008 in Tokyo, Japan Meeting overview report
Following the success of this project, UNEP undertook a similar project for field testing the Toolkit in African region.