Towards a Mercury added product phase out in Kenya
CEJAD in collaboration with European Environmental Bureau with Zero Mercury Working Group (EEB/ZMWG) implementing a project towards phase out of mercury products. The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the early ratification and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (MCM) in Kenya by particularly focusing on the development of Mercury Added Products (MAPs) phase down/out strategies and provisions for the adoption of alternatives.
Since 2013 Countries that aim to become a party to the Minamata Convention are encouraged as part of the pre-ratification process to conduct a Mercury Initial Assessment (MIA); MIA enables a country to determine what is needed in order to ratify the Convention and, subsequently, to provide a basis for the development and implementation of phase down/out strategies for mercury and Mercury Added Products (MAPs). Related to this, under the convention, articles 3 and 4 of this global treaty outline control provisions for the Phase down/out of MAPs and a ban on supply of mercury as an integral part of efforts towards the reduction of mercury contamination. Countries are therefore required as part of the ratification process to develop a roadmap for the phase down/out of MAPs.
As a complementary activity to the Kenyan MIA process, CEJAD project aims to contribute to the ratification and implementation of the Convention in Kenya by particularly focusing on the the development of MAPs phase down/out strategies and provisions for the adoption of alternatives. The MAPs covered under the project include the Convention’s Annex A products (i.e. health sector, batteries, cosmetics and lighting products.)
- National workshop for stakeholders held and stakeholders awareness of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the project 7th December 2016
- Study on availability and efficacy of mercury free products in Kenya conducted and findings disseminated at a stakeholder’s workshop
- Sensitization of border inspectors and media on MAPs phase out
- Multistakeholder workshop to validate Legal gap analysis on policy and legal frameworks related to management and control of mercury added products in Kenya
- Project steering committee meetings