Guinea Bissau

Overview: In Guinea-Bissau consumer products containing Mercury used in the country are all of foreign origin. However, awareness on the toxicity of Mercury is almost nonexistent. The country has no policy or law in place, which regulates the use, release or production of hazardous chemicals. As a result, enforcement entities are unable to monitor and control their use, release or production, including Mercury. Population is at an estimated 1,693,398 people. 

Minamata Initial Assessment

Implementing Agency

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Contact person: Monica KAPADIA (Email:

Executing Agency

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Contact Person: Oliver WOOTTON (Email:



Role of UNITAR

Executing agency