12th Asia Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network Annual Meeting: Expanding Mercury Monitoring in the Indo-Pacific Region


12th Asia Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network Annual Meeting: Expanding Mercury Monitoring in the Indo-Pacific Region

July 12, 2023

The 12th Asia Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network (APMMN) Annual Meeting was held on July 12, 2023. Taiwan EPA’s Deputy Ministry Wang and U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida delivered the opening remarks and recognizing both EPA’s and APMMN’s partners’ dedication and contributions to the environment. More than 50 government officials and scholars from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Palau, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, the Maldives, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), participated in the conference, which aimed to deepen the cooperation between Taiwan and other Asian countries in the area of mercury monitoring and to increase the visibility of Taiwan in international monitoring.
In addition, training on mercury wet deposition sampling and analysis techniques was organized, and representatives from various countries were arranged to visit the Joint Center for Environmental Monitoring and Technology and the Mercury Analysis Laboratory established by Taiwan, as well as to receive training on the field operation of ultra-trace mercury analysis and quality assurance and control (QA/QC), in order to enhance the mercury monitoring techniques and data quality of the partner countries.

In order to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions of mercury and its compounds, both EPAs have jointly initiated the APMMN since 2012 to promote atmospheric mercury monitoring activities, exchange of environmental monitoring technologies, and sharing of monitoring data among the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, APMMN aims to assist the partner countries in enhancing atmospheric mercury monitoring in accordance with Article 19 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Since its implementation, APMMN has assisted partner countries to build 13 mercury wet deposition samplers and analyze more than 1,450 rainwater mercury samples. It was hoped thata close partnership could be established through this symposium to jointly promote the Minamata Convention on Mercury and build a sustainable future for future generations.