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Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis sensitized on the danger of Mercury
March 28, 2017

The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS) recently hosted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) workshop on Mercury with the aim of bringing awareness to citizens and residents on the dangers of mercury.

The Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) is the executing agency for the MIA project and national coordinators in each participating country, namely, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, were hired in order to get the project up and running.

The BCRC is the regional office of the United Nations Environmental Programme that helps countries in the Caribbean who are parties to the Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions to implement and comply with these conventions.

According to Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC), Dr. Ahmad Khan, the project was twofold.

One it is to give each of the above mentioned Caribbean countries an understanding of issues relating to mercury and the mass flow of mercury through their our territory, and two this project is being done in the Caribbean because the convention on mercury and its control, the Minamata Convention, is due for entry into force sometime around September this year.


It requires a few other countries to become parties or signatories to the convention before it comes into force and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing free money for enabling activities for countries to do these assessments.”

National Coordinator for the inventory section of the MIA, Helen Douglas said that an important outcome of the project for St. Kitts and Nevis is to establish a full nationwide inventory report.


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