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The Chemicals and Health Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in close collaboration with the National Research Council of Italy - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research and the European Centre for Environment and Health, Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization, implemented a project on mercury monitoring funded by the Global Environment Facility.

The project aimed at identifying approaches, existing monitoring networks and worldwide capacities to analyse mercury. It developed, among others, elements to consider when designing monitoring plans, in particular on presence of mercury in ambient air and on human exposure to mercury.