U.S. Department of State Mercury Program

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Projects supported by the Mercury Program concentrate on three areas of transboundary pollution: air emissions, artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), and interim storage of mercury. Air emissions and ASGM are the two largest global sources of mercury pollution, and the sound storage of mercury is important to limit availability of mercury, including for ASGM.

Projects funded by the Mercury Program have been leveraged by host countries to help them qualify for additional funding from other donors.

The Department of State works with Mercury Program grantees to adapt and strengthen their projects to ensure that initiatives are replicable and sustainable. The ability of the Program’s pilot projects to help secure financing for ongoing mercury pollution reduction efforts is one indicator of the Program’s mentoring role, cost effectiveness, and strategic impact.

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