Minamata Convention Workshop

MINAMATA CONVENTION WORKSHOP

To Address Issues surrounding the Usage of Mercury

14/04/2016

The Department of Environment in conjunction with the African Institute held a workshop on the 1st August 2015, at Avani Lesotho. The aim was to create an awareness and prevention of misusing and addressing the challenges of mercury element in human health and environment.

Addressing the attendants, Mr Motsamai Damane, the Director of the Department of Environment, explained that as mercury is used on a daily basis on, it has proven to have a negative impact on human health and the environment at large.

From  industrial equipment, medical applications and electrical appliances mercury has found itself beneficial in so many things that supports our modern life. We have become so used to it that is no longer visible to many of us, it is found in the air we breathe, water and in the soil.

The objective of the workshop was to build capacity and policy instruments to manage chemicals especially mercury in a sound manner. As a result, inventories were compiled, legislation reviewed, information collected, education and communication material developed in relation to mercury elimination mercury in the country as a first step to addressing this issue.