Minamata Convention on Mercury Gets Boost from Mercury Program Officer’s Visit

Jane Dennison, the U.S. Department of State’s Mercury Program Officer, visited Suriname on December 15-19.  Dr. Dennison works in the Office of Environmental Quality and Trans-boundary Issues in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  Jane was accompanied by Anil Sookdeo from the Global Environmental Facility, and Dr. Paul Cordy of the Biodiversity Research Institute.  The team engaged Surinamese government officials, conservationists, scientists, and mining executives on efforts to mitigate mercury pollution and encouraged Suriname to join the Minamata Convention, a global agreement to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.