Minamata Online: Socioeconomic impact of mercury pollution

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

On 1 December, Minamata Online held the last event of the season, its information session on “Socioeconomic impact of mercury pollution”.

This online event, part of the “mercury” stream, was co-organized by the Minamata Convention Secretariat and the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP). One of the purposes of the Minamata Online series was to bridge the scientific community and international policy, and this session extended this goal to social sciences. Experts presented their work on socio-economic aspects of environmental pollution and discussed how social sciences can inform the decision making, in the context of the Minamata Convention.

The event saw a virtual attendance of 150 participants and counted with the following panelists:

  • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • Jozef Pacyna, Professor, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
  • Leonardo Trasande, Director, NYU Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards
  • Jon Stenning, Head of Environment, Cambridge Econometrics
  • Milan Ščasný, Senior Lecturer, Charles University – Environment Center & Institute of Economic Studies, Czech Republic
  • Myriam Tobollik, Scientist, German Environment Agency
  • Eisaku Toda, Senior Programme Officer, Minamata Convention on Mercury

This weekly digital series, aimed at better understanding the Convention's provisions, as well as policy and scientific aspects, was held weekly from September to December. Attendance was free for each session and a second season would be announced on our website early next year. In the meantime, the calendar of the previous sessions, including their presentations and video recordings, can be found here.

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