Supporting country efforts 
to take action on mercury pollution


Available funding will be used to support partnerships, projects and activities that aim at assisting developing countries and countries with economies in transition in understanding the nature and magnitude of the mercury problem and in developing tools and strategies to mitigate mercury pollution. This might include:

  1. Promoting the development of national inventories of mercury uses and releases; 
  2. Developing strategies for enhanced outreach and risk communication activities to reach at-risk populations, including sensitive populations;
  3. Increasing public awareness and promotion of mercury-free products, technologies and processes, using and/or with environmentally friendly alternatives; 
  4. Promoting application and sharing of information on best available techniques and measures to reduce mercury emissions from point sources; 
  5. Promoting reduction of risk of exposure related to mercury in products such as batteries, cosmetics and thermometers and to production processes such as chlor-alkali production and small-scale artisanal mining using mercury through, for example, when warranted, introduction of bans or restrictions on uses; 
  6. Increasing awareness of environmentally sound recycling practices and promoting the development of environmentally sound waste management, disposal and remediation practices; 
  7. Developing national implementation plans to reduce mercury uses and releases ; 
  8. Conducting training and workshops on various sectoral or regionally relevant topics; 
  9. Improving global understanding of international mercury emission sources, fate and transport.

Additional information on programme priorities are outlined in UNEP GC decision 24/3 IV. 

Funding information

  • The fund will support capacity-building projects aimed at assisting developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
  • The maximum amount per project is USD 100,000; however, projects under USD 50,000 may be given preference, as may also be the case for projects with an element of co-funding from other sources and/or substantial in kind contributions.
  • The approval of projects will take considerations on geographic and sectoral balance into account. 
  • Confirmation of receipt of proposals will be sent to the submitting proponent.
  • Funding available for such projects varies during the year according to fund available for projects in the UNEP Mercury Trust Fund.  The Trust Fund relies on voluntary contributions. 

 Submission of project proposals

Governments are invited to submit project proposals, using the attached proposal format (PDF and Word).  The proposal must be accompanied by a signed letter clearly identifying the institution supporting the proposal.The format is intended to assist the proponent to provide an overview of the planned project, its objectives, and intended outcomes, estimated costs, etc. Submission of a project proposal does not entail any commitment from UNEP's side to fund the project, however, unfunded proposals might be referred to other donors interested in supporting other related projects. Once the project is identified as a candidate for funding, additional information may be requested from the proponent regarding a more specific work plan with timeframes and detailed budget for the various activities.

Please kindly submit project proposals to the following address:

Mercury programme 
Chemicals Branch, DTIE
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
11-13, Chemin de Anémones 
CH-1219 Châtelaine,

Fax : +41 22 797 34 60

Email : mercury@chemicals.unep.ch