MIA project: Second meeting of the Working group on mercury held

Dec 21, 2017

Within the project „Strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina Decision-Making Towards Becoming a Party to the Minamata Convention and Build Capacity for Implementation of Future Provisions“ (MIA Project) financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP organized the Second meeting of the working group on mercury in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Representatives of institutions from health, environment, customs, natural resource management, economy, industry, mining and energy sectors participated at this meeting.

Based on the comments given by relevant institutions, the participants had opportunity to see and discuss changes made in the draft version of Mercury Initial Assessment report. Withal, the proposal for prioritization of actions on integrating mercury into relevant strategic and operational documents in BiH was presented.

Amila Selmanagić Bajrović, Project Manager, thanked to the representatives of the institutions that sent their comments to the draft Report and stressed their importance for the overall quality of the Mercury Initial Assessment report, which represents the final result of the MIA project.

In her introductory speech, Nermina Skejović-Hurić, expert advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, emphasized that at the meeting of regional groups for preparation of the Mercury Initial Assessment reports, organized at the First Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention, the draft mercury inventory of Bosnia and Herzegovina was assessed as the one with highest quality both by the signatories of the Convention and the states that are in the accession process.

The MIA Project undertakes a Mercury Initial Assessment to enable the country to determine the requirements and needs for becoming a Party to the Minamata Convention and to establish the foundations for undertaking future work towards the implementation of the Convention.

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