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Slovenian National Implementation Plan for the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   

Code Science Field
B700  Biomedical sciences  Environmental health 

Code Science Field
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
Keywords
Mercury, Minamata Convention, Action Plan, Implementation
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  05027  PhD Milena Horvat  Chemistry  Researcher  2016 - 2017 
2.  21543  PhD Tjaša Kanduč  Geology  Researcher  2016 - 2017 
3.  25622  PhD David Kocman  Control and care of the environment  Head  2016 - 2017 
4.  15814  PhD Jože Kotnik  Geology  Researcher  2016 - 2017 
5.  38201  PhD Johanna Amalia Robinson  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2016 - 2017 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  18 
Abstract
Once released in the environment from variety of natural and anthropogenic sources, Hg cycle between atmosphere, terrestrial and aquatic systems. Since industrialisation human activities resulted in the increase of Hg levels by several fold in various environmental compartments. Consequently, it was recognised by scientific community that international commitment is needed to face the mercury problem on a global scale. In 2013, the Minamata Convetion (www.mercuryconvention.org), international legally-binding treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds was signed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The overarching aim of the Convention is to reduce global mercury pollution through complementary measures to minimize mercury supply and demand. The Convention sets out a range of measures to meet that objective, including limitations on specific sources of mercury, control of mercury-added products and manufacturing processes that use Hg or its compounds. It also addresses the direct mining of mercury, its export and import, its safe storage and its disposal once as waste. Among countries that signed the Convention is also Slovenia. In accordance with the provisions of the Convention countries have to prepare an analysis of the domestic situation, steps to be taken, including any legislative or administrative actions that will be necessary for its implementation, and collect all relevant documentation. Within the proposed project we will prepare a national implementation plan for the Minamata Convention on mercury by carrying out a detailed national situation analysis and collection of all relevant information in accordance with the Articles defined therein, including analysis of potential outstanding issues and recommendations for future work in the field of mercury in Slovenia.
Significance for science
Implementation of Minamata Convention in Slovenia will help in development of science due to integral overview of Hg natural and anthropogenic sources, existing condition in Slovenia and development of new guidelines and in this way improve knowledge and connection between governmental and intstitional organizations, especially in the light of information and knowledge exchange.
Significance for the country
The main sources of emissions of Hg in Slovenia in atmosphere, water or soil is industry, which shall with implementation of Minamata Convention and different and more severe European and national legislation shall adjust their production processes. Change of legislation directly influence to industrial facility, which shall introduce cleaner e.g. BAT (Best Available Techniques) technologies for reduction of Hg emissions or others more friendlily to environment. Knowing the emissions, legislation and Hg cycling in production processes the implementation of Minamate convection is easier and cost effective.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2016
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Final report
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