Inception workshop of the project „Strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina Decision-Making Toward Becoming a Party to the Minamata Convention and Build Capacity for Implementation of Future Provision”

Oct 25, 2016

Initial workshop of the project „Strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina Decision-Making Toward Becoming a Party to the Minamata Convention and Build Capacity for Implementation of Future Provision“funded by Global environmental facility (GEF) was held today in the premises of the UN House in Sarajevo. Project is implemented by UNDP CO in BiH.

“We believe that in forthcoming 18 months we will finalize the project implementation by adopting the Mercury inventory in BiH. It will give us the foundation for identification of priorities to be implemented in BiH, during the process of becoming a party to the Minamata Convention which represents one of the obligations we have to fulfil within the EU accession process”, said Sanjin Avdić, UNDP Energy and Environment Sector Leader, in his opening remarks.

The aim of the Inception workshop was to introduce the key information related to the planned methodology for the conducting of Minamata inventory and implementation of project activities as well as activities related to the accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Minamata Convention.


Ms. Nermina Skejović-Hurić, coordinator of the activities on accession to the Minamata convention from the Ministry of foreign trade and economic relations of B&H and moderator of this workshop,  informed the participants about the goals, principles, aims and obligations that derive from the Convention, B&H status toward its accession and country's obligations within the EU accession process that is related to the EU acquis on mercury. Therefore, moderation and presentation given by Ms. Skejović-Hurić was of immense importance for participants at the Inception workshop.

The workshop was opened by Mr. Senad Oprašić, GEF operational focal point, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations. In his introductory remarks, Mr. Oprašić pointed out the following: “This project, funded by GEF in the amount of 200.000 USD, will improve the management of mercury and its compounds. By doing so, it will enable the identification of future priorities to eliminate using mercury in future. We hope we will be able to implement this project by taking the most of the benefits and to be prepared for forthcoming challenges and future GEF projects in coordination with Ministry of foreign trade and economic relations of BiH.”

The workshop was attended by approximately 50 representatives of relevant ministries, departments and agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, entities, Brcko District and cantons.


About Minamata Convention:
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Minamata Convention was adopted in October 2013 in Japan.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the process of accession to Minamata Convention. This project aims to undertake a Mercury Initial Assessment to enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to determine the requirements and needs for becoming a Party of the Minamata Convention and establish a foundation to undertake future work towards the implementation of the Convention in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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