Mercury in its many chemical forms is highly toxic to human, animal and environmental health.
Its ability to accumulate in terrestrial and aquatic biosystems makes it a particularly insidious threat to environmental sustainability. Its long lifetimes and ability to be transported in air over long distances mean that it is ubiquitous to all environmental compartments and is a pollutant of global concern.
In order to prevent global environmental pollution and damage to health caused by mercury, a new convention named the “Minamata Convention on Mercury” has been agreed. The global and legally binding Convention was adopted at the UNEP Diplomatic Conference held in October 2013 in Japan.
MeTra collaborates with the Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS)