IPEN hosted a side event on 9 March from 15:00 - 16:45 in room Harranah 2 in the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center. This side event highlighted the latest developments in the guidance for mercury-contaminated site identification, characterization and remediation. It addressed issues of relevance to Article 12 of the Minamata Convention and the urgent need to prioritize action to clean up mercury hot spots. In addition, there was discussion of the challenges involved in the remediation of ASGM sites as well as industrial and legacy sites, with a particular focus on the public health implications of inaction.
Presentation from Lee Bell, IPEN Mercury Policy Advisor: Mercury Contaminated Sites- The urgent need for global guidance
Presentation from Jindrich Petrlik, Co-Chair of IPEN Heavy Metals Working Group: Mercury Contaminated Sites: Chemical Industry Legacy in CEE Region
Presentation from Yuyun Ismawati, IPEN Lead on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining: Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM): Local Problem, Global Challenge