Sharing on interlinkages between land degradation and mercury pollution at the GEN Celebration of World Environment Day 2024

05 Jun 2024

The Minamata Convention Secretariat stressed that the primary source of mercury pollution is human-based activities.

Manoela making a speech in the event

On June 5, at the Geneva Environment Network celebration of the World Environment Day 2024, under the slogan “Our Land. Our Future. We are GenerationRestoration”, marking the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury highlighted the interlinkages between land degradation and mercury pollution. Speaking at the event, Manoela Pessoa de Miranda emphasized how the Minamata Convention is contributing towards global land restoration goals.
Trees and healthy soil play a crucial role in trapping and storing mercury. Human activities, such as deforestation and artisanal and small-scale gold mining, significantly increase the amount of mercury released into the atmosphere and result in widespread contamination of lands and water bodies.
The cycle of deforestation, mercury use in gold mining and other human activities lead to reduced crop production and contaminates fish and crops making them unsafe for consumption. Mercury ultimately poses a serious threat to food security and ecosystem health impacting people and nature in all corners of the world. Addressing mercury pollution through the implementation of the Minamata Convention is integral to maintaining and restoring healthy lands and to protecting people and biodiversity.

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