Enhancing mercury waste management in Latin America and the Caribbean

Enhancing mercury waste management in Latin America and the Caribbean

SAN JOSÉ, 30 May 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the support of the Government of Switzerland and in collaboration with the Government of Costa Rica and Batrec/Veolia organized a training the past 28 and 29 May 2019 in San José.

In the framework of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the workshop was organized focusing on mercury waste management. It brought together 42 technical and policy experts from the LAC region as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations.

During two days, the participants had the opportunity to engage in five different modules on manipulation, storage, transport and final disposal of mercury and mercury waste as well as other associated aspects such as the occupational safety of the people involved in the mercury life cycle.

Apart from fostering knowledge and raising awareness in the relevance of mercury waste management in the region, the workshop has enabled the exchange of ideas and it has triggered future collaboration in the field of environmentally sound management of mercury and other hazardous waste included in other Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

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