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Call for tender from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

As envisioned, the project described below will contribute to the preparation/implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with a focus on developing strategies for phasing out  mercury-added products and on  reducing mercury use in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining through development of National Action Plans

In this project, the European Environmental Bureau, in collaboration with the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), (hereafter referred to as EEB/ZMWG), will contribute at least in part to the preparation for ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in four ACP countries in Africa, by delivering the following outcomes:

  • Formulation of specific strategies in two selected ACP countries for addressing the mercury-added products phase-out provisions of the Minamata Convention;

  • Technical assistance to the two selected countries in developing National Action Plans (NAP) for reducing mercury in Artisanal and Small scale Gold Mining (ASGM)  as per the Minamata Convention;

  • A summary of the above activities will be presented during regional conferences, contributing support and awareness raising for  national and regional stakeholders interested in mercury reduction initiatives particularly related to the Minamata Convention.

    The mercury-added product phase out initiatives and ASGM national action plans created under this project will enhance the ability of  the selected African countries to work toward ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention. Specifically, by  the end of the project, countries’ representatives will have clarity and direction on their overall Convention ratification and implementation obligations vis a vis the two specified areas – phasing out mercury-added products and reducing mercury use and release in ASGM, whilst being ready to implement the Convention obligations in these two areas.

Purpose of this invitation to Tender


Through this invitation to tender, EEB/ZMWG aims to identify and select one public interest Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)  in each of the four specified ACP countries in Africa to act as national NGO partners to work as sub-contractors on this project.

For the national mercury-added products phase out work, the call for tender is seeking to identify and select one NGO in Nigeria and one in Mauritius.

For the development of the National Action Plans for the Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining work, the call for tender is seeking to identify and select one NGO in Tanzania and one in Ghana.

More details in the attached document

Proposals in response to this request should be submitted before close of business, 18:00 Brussels time, 30 January 2015, by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



News from members:  NRDC has created a website intended as a resource for developing countries, NGOs and other stakeholders to assist in Convention ratification and implementation activities.  This website can be found at http://www.nrdc.org/international/ftoxic.asp.



 ZMWG Towards Early Ratification and Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury


 - Minamata Convention on Mercury - Ratification and Implementation Manual, January 2015

-Convenio de Minamata sobre el Mercurio-Manual de ratificacion y aplicacion, January 2015

- Convention de Minamata sur le Mercure - Manuel de ratification et mise en oeuvre, January 2015

- ZMWG Action Challenge Interim Report, 27 October 2014

- Press Release 29 October 2014: ‘Zero Mercury’ Group: Governments Must Do More to Curb Supply and Trade; Gives governments ‘C-’ grade since mercury treaty approved

ZMWG attended INC 6 ,3-7 November 2014, Bangkok - for developments check here.

ZMWG Blog - Summary of the Mercury INC 6


The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project.  ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum.  Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.(FR)

The Zero Mercury Working Group was born out of the Zero Mercury Campaign project having as its ultimate objective ‘Zero’ emissions, demand and supply of mercury, from all sources we can control, in view of reducing to a minimum, mercury in the environment at EU level and globally. The project/campaign started in November 2004, by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) in collaboration with the Mercury Policy Project . Details on the history of the project can be found here.

Mercury and its compounds are highly toxic to humans, especially to the developing nervous system. They are also harmful to ecosystems and wildlife populations. Microbial metabolism of deposited mercury can create methylmercury, which has the capacity to collect in organisms (bioaccumulate) and to concentrate up food chains (biomagnify), especially in the aquatic food chain. Methylmercury is a well documented neurotoxicant, which may in particular cause adverse effects on the developing brain. It readily passes both the placental barrier and the blood-brain barrier, therefore, exposures during pregnancy are of highest concern. It may also cause adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, thereby leading to increased mortality. Methylmercury compounds are considered possible carcinogenic to humans according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Furthermore, inhalation of elemental mercury vapour includes symptoms such as tremors, insomnia, memory loss, neuromuscular changes, and headaches. Kidney and thyroid may be affected.



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