Mercury: international actions

Nations from around the world are becoming more aware of the impact of mercury on the environment and on human health. Due to its ability to cross borders through pathways such as long-range atmospheric transportation and product import/export, measures are being taken on an international scale to ensure that anthropogenic mercury emissions decrease.

Canada continues to play a leadership role in the development and implementation of international mercury management initiatives including the Aarhus (Heavy Metals) Protocol under the UN ECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, the Arctic Council, the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, the North American Regional Action Plan on Mercury and various national and bilateral monitoring programs.

Use the links below to find out about International Actions of interest.

Related Links

The Arctic Council

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP)

Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN), U.S. Department of Energy

Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)

European Union Strategy on Mercury

Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS)

Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)

Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN), US EPA & Environment Canada

International Joint Commission

Mercury Policy Project, The Tides Center

North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Northeast Waste Management Officials Association Mercury Program

Northeastern Ecosystem Research Cooperative (NERC) Mercury Research Group

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE)

United Nations Environment Program, Global Mercury Assessment

United National Environment Program, Negotiations on Mercury

United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

U.S. Geological Survey Mercury Studies Team

World Health Organization

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