The Mercury Initial Assessment for Serbia was presented at the final conference of a two-year Global Environment Fund GEF-funded project, jointly implemented by the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection and UNDP. This assessment is a first step toward ratification of the Minamata Convention, a global treaty dedicated to decreasing the negative effects of mercury on people and the planet
Improvement of mercury management is directly linked to Sustainable Development Goals, particularly related to protection of human health and the environment, i.e. good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth and responsible consumption and production.
Good quality and availability of data, as main challenges during the project implementation, have been successfully overcome with great support of inter-ministerial technical working group.
According to the draft assessment, main sources of Mercury emissions in Serbia are coal combustion, metal production, application, use and disposal of dental amalgam fillings and management of waste with mercury.
Preparation of the Mercury Initial Assessment shows Serbia’s readiness for implementation of future obligations of the Minamata Convention on Mercury upon ratification, in line with determined priorities related to mercury management.