Launch of Mercury Initial Assessment project (MIA)

Nov 29, 2016

Minamata Launch

UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment  launched today the implementation of the new project “Mercury Initial Assessment project (MIA) by organizing an inception report.

The Ministry stressed on the importance of this new project as it assists Jordan to meet its obligations towards the Minamata international convention as well as protecting the human health and the natural resources from the serious negative impact of Mercury. UNDP Country Director stressed on the strategic relationship and collaboration between UNDP and the ministry in implementing such key projects that make a considerable contribution towards achieving a number of SDGs that are of relevant to the project scope. She also said that the project is a reflection of the national priorities identified in Jordan vision 205 and other national strategies.

The project is funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented to meet the national obligations towards the implementation of the “Minamata convention on Mercury” which was ratified by Jordan a year ago. The project aims at conducting a Mercury Initial Assessment (MIA) to enable the Government of Jordan to determine the national requirements and needs for the implementation of the   convention and defining of national priorities for implementation of the convention. The project has different components including the development of the National Mercury Profile and Mercury Initial Assessment Report in addition to building national capacity to under the Mercury Inventory.

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