The Minamata Convention on Mercury, opened for signature in October 2013 in Japan, creates a blueprint for actions to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.
This document represents an expansion of the publication Guidance Document: Developing a National Strategic Plan to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (United Nations Environment Programme, 2011) and is intended to reflect Convention obligations and other advances in understanding of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector. This document provides guidance to countries in formulating national action plans (NAPs) that are compliant with the requirements of the Minamata Convention, and provides technical, legal and policy information on issues related to ASGM, which can be useful when preparing and implementing a NAP. Although the use of this guidance is not a requirement under the Minamata Convention, it is intended to assist countries with the preparation of their NAPs.
Substances used in mining, mercury