The AIT Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRC.AP) organised a training programme titled “Organizing a Training Programme on National Mercury Monitoring” on December 6-8, 2022, at the AIT Conference Centre (AITCC). The training programme is the second in series of training programmes slated under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) implemented Japan-funded project called “Project for promoting the Minamata Convention on Mercury by making the most of Japan's knowledge and experiences”.
The training programme was conducted to familiarize the training packages and templates developed under the earlier phase of the project as well as help participants with necessary resources to develop and facilitate local training programmes on accurate mercury monitoring and analyses in their countries. It addressed different monitoring needs and priorities of each laboratory by providing methodologies and skills of mercury monitoring in various environmental and biological media. Supplemental technical information and hands-on demonstration of mercury analyses were demonstrated to deepen participants understanding of mercury monitoring and quality data collection and analysis for better science-based policy making and implementation.
A total of 21 country delegates from 10 countries in Asia and the Pacific participated in the training programs. Six (6) resource persons including mercury monitoring experts from Japan (IDEA Consultants Inc), South Africa (South Africa Weather Service), Myanmar (Environmental Compliance Consultancy Co., Ltd) and Thailand (IDEA Consultants Inc.) were invited to participated in the training.