Japan, Taiwan and United States co-host the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network workshop to expand the regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific Region

Japan Society for Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan(EPAT) and United States Environmental Protection Agency(US EPA) co-host the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network(APMMN) workshop in Minamata from June 21st to 23rd. Representatives from 16 nations took part in the event and discussed the establishment of mercury monitoring network in Asia-Pacific Region.

The meeting of this year put strong emphasis on the demonstration of existing results, expansion of the network, sampling methodology, customized standard operation procedure for each individual member nation, funding mechanism and development pathway of APMMN in the future. In addition, the possibility of cooperation between APMMN and Japanese Ministry of the Environment were also discussed.

In 2014, US EPA and EPAT co-founded the monitoring network of mercury wet deposition in Asia-Pacific region and executed pilot study projects with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Taiwan was responsible for assisting Vietnam and Thailand in establishing mercury wet deposition sampling system and providing sample analysis and monitoring data management services.

In the future, the APMMN will further sharpen the mercury monitoring technologies and deepen the cooperation among member states in the Asia-Pacific region.