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Abstract Title: Developing Technical Guidance for the Implementation of the Minamata Convention
Presenter Name: Eisaku Toda
Company/Institution: Secretariat of the Minamata Convention
Session: How are we doing in implementing the Minamata Convention?
Co-Authors: Eisaku Toda

Abstract Information :

The Minamata Convention on Mercury provides for technical documents to assist the parties in implementing specific provisions of the Convention. The Conference of the Parties (COP), from its first meeting in 2017 to the third meeting in 2019, developed guidance documents related to the supply sources and trade of mercury, national action plans on artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), best available techniques and best environmental practices to control mercury emissions to air, emission inventories, interim storage and management of contaminated sites. These documents are available on the Convention website. COP-3 in 2019 initiated intersessional process for developing further technical documents. Firstly, it established an expert group for the review of annexes A and B to the Convention, which list mercury-added products and mercury-using manufacturing processes to be regulated under the Convention. A report on availability, feasibility, risk and benefit of these products, processes and their alternatives was submitted to COP-4 held in 2021 and 2022. Secondly, another expert group has submitted to COP-4 a draft guidance document on the development of inventories of mercury releases to land and water. Thirdly, COP-3 requested a set of intersessional work on mercury waste. An expert group submitted a report on thresholds to define mercury waste under the Convention. The Convention secretariat also submitted a draft guidance document on the management of tailings from ASGM. Results of the deliberation of these technical documents at COP-4 will be presented orally.

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