The Minamata treaty on mercury aims to protect human health and the environment against anthropogenic emissions of mercury and mercury compounds. With anthropogenic emissions is meant emissions caused by human actions.
The Minamata treaty is so named in honor of the victims of the great mercury poisoning in the 60s in the Minamata Bay in Japan.
The treaty entered into force for Suriname on October 31, 2018. Since then we have been bound by the obligations under the treaty.
Since 2013, with the NIMOS in the lead, several activities have been developed to prepare the Surinamese state and all stakeholders for the implementation of the treaty at national level.
Some concrete activities that have already taken place are:
In addition to the instruments of accession, Suriname has submitted some underlying documents that can be found on the website of the treaty: www.mercuryconvention.org. These include information about the steps that Suriname will take to implement the treaty and a notification under Art. 7 paragraph 3, that Suriname has an ASGM sector that is not insignificant (more than insignificant). Download the documents here >>
3 short fact sheets were made about the Minamata Convention and Suriname.
Download the fact sheets here:
The Minamata Convention >>
The Minamata Convention and mercury use in Gold Mining >>
Suriname’s Preparation for the Minamata Convention >>