Georgia National Inventory of Mercury Released

Apr 7, 2017

Ralf Juelich, international expert, presents the resuylts of the Georgia National Inventory of Mercury. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia are releasing the results of the Initial Mercury Assessment in Georgia.

The research carried out in 2016 shows that, although Georgia has no mercury mining, the amount of imported mercury makes up to 2,540 kilograms per year. The usage of different devises, such as electric bulbs and thermometers, contributes to this amount by 52%, and the production of, for example, cement, by 22%

The report includes a package of recommendations for the required legislative changes and a roadmap for the national action that should follow the assessment to ensure the fulfilment of obligations undertaken under the Minamata Convention.

The results of the Initial Mercury Assessment were discussed on April 7, 2017, at the workshop attended by representatives of the Georgian Government, civil society, private sector and academic institutions.

The Initial Mercury Assessment is part of the joint initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and UNDP, funded by the Global Environment Facility, which helps Georgia determine the national requirements and needs for the ratification of the Minamata Convention and establish a national foundation for its implementation.

Contact information
  • Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org , +995 599 196907
  • Ekaterine Bendeliani, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, pr@moe.gov.ge, +995 599 287940