The initial seminar on "Strengthening capacity to promote phasing out of mercury-added products in Armenia" project took place in Ani Grand Hotel.
The project is implemented by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with backing of Global Target Program on Mercury.
The Republic of Armenia ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2017.
In compliance with the provisions of the Convention, each Party shall take appropriate measures to ensure the environmentally sound storage and disposal of mercury and mercury compounds, as well as the environmentally sound disposal of mercury-containing wastes, taking into consideration the guiding principles of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes.
On the margins of the project, it is anticipated to strengthen the potential in Armenia to fulfill its responsibilities under the Minamata Convention. It will be implemented through determining the flows of mercury-containing lamps, including import, distribution, use and annual volume of wastes generated, and will be focused on developing strategies for effective collection, storage, transportation and recycling of mercury-containing products.
The representatives of the Ministries of Environment, Health, Emergency Situations and Economy, as well as of the National Academy of Sciences and NGOs delivered speeches on the main problem of mercury.
At the seminar, there also took place a round-table discussion on phasing out lead-containing paints in the Republic of Armenia.
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Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body was defined as a subordinate body to the Government by the RA law on “State administration system bodies” adopted on March 23, 2018, thus citizens may send their calls and applications to the Head of the Inspection Body (Address: 46 Charenc, Yerevan, tel. 011-81-85-92).