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The World Bank Inception Workshop on China’s Project of Capacity Strengthening for Implementation of Minamata Convention on Mercury successfully held in Beijing


The World Bank Inception Workshop on Capacity Strengthening for Implementation of Minamata Convention on Mercury Project in China was successfully held at the Environmental Conventions Building on April 17, 2017. Yu Lifeng, Deputy Director General of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO), Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Garo Batmanian, Director of Environmental Affairs and Lead Environmental Specialist of World Bank’s Beijing Office, attended the workshop and gave keynote speeches. The representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Department of Soil Environmental Management and Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection also made presentations at the workshop.

General requirements on the implementation of the capacity strengthening project were put forward at the workshop, core provisions of the convention, general arrangements of the project, key points of project management and implementation plans of pilot provinces and cities were introduced. In addition, the World Bank held training sessions during the workshop. Subjects included social safeguards, procurement guidance, environmental safeguards and finance disbursement. The objective of this project is to develop national strategy and action plans for the implementation of Minamata Convention on Mercury in China and to improve implementation capacities. The workshop was also of great significance to top-level design for implementation of the Convention in China.

Over 40 representatives and experts from Hunan Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Shaanxi EPD, Tongren EPA from Guizhou province, Peking University, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES), China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association (CPCIF) and other organizations attended this workshop.

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