The Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC) is a centre for international cooperation with Mediterranean countries on development and innovation in the production sector based on more sustainable consumption and production models. The Centre develops its activity under the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) for the protection and development of the Mediterranean basin, an organisation belonging to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The workshop on Mercury Management and decontamination is organized by the Regional Activity Centre (CP/RAC) of the Mediterranean Action Plan in collaboration with MEDPOL and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food an Environmental Affairs. It is specially addressed to the most concerned countries according to the “Diagnosis of Mercury in the Mediterranean Countries” (CP/RAC, 2011), approved by 17th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) celebrated in February 2012.
The 17th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) served for leading policy makers from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union will meet to discuss the health of the Mediterranean Sea and the progress that has been made in their efforts to protect the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment.
Accordingly with these objectives, the Centre organized Workshop on Management and Decontamination of Mercury, to provide the technical support necessary to make available to the Mediterranean countries affected by the current situation of mercury, the latest techniques for the sound management of mercury and their waste as well as the tools necessary to implement the Regional Plan with special emphasis on the inventory of sites contaminated with mercury and environmental decontamination in a healthy manner.
Also as part of our work as CP/RAC under the Stockholm Convention to give support to the countries with Policy assessment and preparation and actualization of National Plans, the CP/RAC collaborated with the Spanish Ministry of Environment to design lines of action that best meet the mercury situation in Spain, and that resulted in the Strategy of Mercury and other heavy metals in Spain. In order to achieve this objective the Workshop has served as to discuss on the proposed elements for a reporting format on the implementation of the Regional Plan and the activities that would help most the concerned parties to implement the Mediterranean Regional Plan.