**** LATEST NEWS! ****

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

Home Press Releases Mercury treaty rises but weak emissions regime undercuts progress
Mercury treaty rises but weak emissions regime undercuts progress PDF Print
Saturday, 19 January 2013 07:28
logo EEB_colouredzeromercury logo

Mercury treaty rises but weak emissions regime undercuts progress

[19 January 2013, Geneva]—After four years of deliberation, a new global regime rises today that will govern toxic mercury worldwide.  The new treaty is a mixture of mandatory and voluntary elements intended to control the burgeoning global mercury crisis.  While heading in the right direction, the Zero Mercury Working Group[i], expressed concerns about the treaty not reaching far enough nor fast enough to address the spiraling human health risks from mercury exposure.

 

“Adoption of a global legal agreement on mercury is a major accomplishment,” said Michael T. Bender, co-coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group.   “Yet the instrument is hampered by weak controls on mercury emissions from major sources like coal-fired power plants.”

 

For instance,  new facilities will not be required to have mercury pollution controls for 5 years after the treaty enters into force, with existing facilities given 10 years before they begin their control efforts. 

 

Yet ZMWG says there are bright spots in the treaty. These include provisions to reduce trade, prohibit the primary mining of mercury, and phase out the toxic element in most products containing mercury, like thermometers, measuring devices and batteries. 

 

“Some of these steps were unthinkable just a couple of years ago.  Now, alternatives exist for most all products containing mercury,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, of European  Environmental Bureau and co-coordinator of ZMWG. “The treaty sends the right market signal and will eventually lead to less exposures worldwide."

 

The treaty also addresses artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM),  which is both the largest intentional use of mercury globally, and is the largest emission source.

 

“While national action plans will foster reduced use of mercury in ASGM, the treaty fails to include a provision to require an eventual end to this polluting practice,” said Richard Gutierrez, Ban Toxics! Director from the Philippines.  “With the current text, it seems that mercury use in ASGM may go on indefinitely.”

 

The Zero Mercury Working Group looks forward to treaty implementation, as the real challenge begins for the governments especially in developing and least developing states.  The new mercury treaty, in spite its flaws, presents a real opportunity to work towards significant reduction of mercury globally.

 

Michael Bender, tel.: +802  917 4579; email:  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

 

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, tel.:+32 2 2891301, +32 496 532818, 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

 

###

 



[i] The Zero Mercury Working Group is an international coalition of over 100 public interest NGOs from more than 50 countries founded by the European Environmental Bureau and Mercury Policy Project, in 2005 to achieve ‘Zero’ emissions, demand and supply of mercury; www.zeromercury.org