June 14-19, 2015   D-Day 1494
Program
Plenary
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Opportunities for Scientific Contributions to Minamata Convention Implementation
We will identify some of the significant interfaces of law, policy, and science in the Convention. Particular emphasis will be devoted to several important areas where the scientific community can assist national governments, and Convention implementation globally, in the next few years as these key obligations of the Convention enter into force. Specific subjects included are an overview of the relevant aspects of the Convention, the tragedy of mercury poisoning, and opportunities for scientific contributions to Convention implementation in the areas of small-scale gold mining, controls over mercury air emissions and releases to land and water, and global mercury monitoring/Convention effectiveness evaluation.
  • Moderator

    David LENNETT

    Position:
    Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
    Research Area:
    Mercury reduction policies; Minamata Convention obligations and associated issues
  • Main Speaker

    Jacob DUER

    Position:
    Coordinator of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, UNEP
    Research Area:
    International policy for chemicals management and multilateral environmental agreements
  • Panelist

    Minamata
    Storyteller

    Position:
    Storyteller sponsored by Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
    Research Area:
    Personal experience of the Minamata tragedy and the effects of mercury poisoning
  • Panelist

    Zuleica CASTILHOS

    Position:
    Senior Researcher, Centre for Mineral Technology-CETEM/MCT
    Research Area:
    Mercury environmental contamination, human exposure, and technological alternatives related to small-scale gold mining
  • Panelist

    Shuxiao WANG

    Position:
    Chair Professor, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
    Research Area:
    Mercury emissions; atmospheric mercury transport; mercury reduction technologies and policies
  • Panelist

    Charles DRISCOLL

    Position:
    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    Research Area:
    Transport, fate and effects of mercury in ecosystems


  • Panelist

    David EVERS

    Position:
    Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Biodiversity Research Institute
    Research Area:
    Biomonitoring and assessment of mercury in ecosystems; field collection and interpretation of mercury exposure and effects in biota