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Research and information activities

a)

Inventories of national use, consumption and environmental releases of mercury;

b)

Monitoring of current levels of mercury in various media (such as air, air deposition, surface water) and biota (such as fish, wildlife and humans) and assessment of the impacts of mercury on humans and ecosystems, including impacts from cumulative exposures to different mercury forms;

c)

Information on transport, transformation, cycling, and fate of mercury in various compartments;

d)

Data and evaluation tools for human and ecological risk assessments;

e)

Knowledge and information on possible prevention and reduction measures relevant to the national situation;

f)

General and public awareness-raising on the potential adverse impacts of mercury and proper handling and waste management practices;

g)

Appropriate tools and facilities for accessing existing information relevant to mercury and mercury compounds at national, regional and international levels;

h)

Capacity building and physical infrastructure for safe management of hazardous substances, including mercury and mercury compounds, as well as training of personnel handling such hazardous substances.

i)

Information on the commerce and trade of mercury and mercury-containing materials

Risk communication

a)

Raising awareness among policy, decision makers, and other stakeholders with regard to the adverse effects of mercury and mercury compounds;

b)

Promoting public information, awareness and education on the health and environmental effects of mercury and mercury compounds and the alternatives available to reduce exposure of vulnerable populations such as indigenous people, women and children, workers and communities living around industrial and mining activities etc.;

c)

Promoting curricula development in schools and training programmes on the health and environmental effects of mercury and mercury compounds and the alternatives, especially in cases of workers involved in mercury processing and handling;

d)

Providing, for the general population, awareness of exposure risks to mercury through effective fish consumption advisories and other information dissemination methods;

e)

Promoting the awareness of the risks associated with the mobilization of mercury from geological sources and its accumulation in the biosphere;

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