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Jordan Country Mercury Situation Report

Jordanian NGO Land and Human to Advocate Progress (LHAP) conducted a range of mercury monitoring and awareness-raising activities to sensitize the public and key stakeholders to the dangers of mercury pollution and the need to ratify the Mercury Treaty. The activities were conducted within the overall framework of a development of an initial Country Mercury Situation Report to help inform the national enabling activities process in the lead-up to ratification. LHAP reports that the Jordanian government has already taken key steps toward mercury control, banning mercury in medical measurement devices and establishing a mercury storage facility. LHAP conducted a pilot screening test of mercury monitoring in fish, human hair and cosmetics, and reported that no samples returned a mercury level higher than 1ppm. The results and broader mercury pollution issues were communicated through a purpose-designed brochure and a series of stakeholder engagement meetings held in various locations in Jordan. Importantly, the engagement of LHAP in the Mercury Treaty enabling activities and its close liaison with the government has resulted in confirmation that Jordan will engage in an accelerated early Treaty ratification process.

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