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International e-Conference “Mercury-Free City: Danger in our Homes”

Mercury pollution has emerged as a significant environmental and public health concern, with diverse sources of contamination and long-term effects that require comprehensive management and policy solutions. Despite the increasing awareness and regulatory efforts to reduce mercury emissions from industrial processes, there are also significant sources of mercury contamination that originate from the use of everyday consumer goods. The widespread and often improper handling and disposal of these goods by consumers contribute to the accumulation of mercury in the environment, with adverse impacts on human health, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Therefore, there is an urgent need to address this issue through sustainable practices and innovative solutions that can prevent mercury pollution, reduce exposure and toxicity, and promote sustainable development.

The e-conference aims to promote sustainable practices and solutions for mitigating mercury pollution in cities. The conference will bring together representatives from industry, academia, and civil society to share knowledge, best practices, and innovative approaches for reducing mercury pollution, raising awareness about its impacts on human health and the environment, and fostering cooperation towards effective solutions. The conference will also focus on several key themes, including the safe handling and disposal of consumer goods containing mercury, the promotion of mercury-free alternatives, the development and deployment of innovative technologies for reducing mercury emissions and contamination, and the integration of mercury management into urban planning and sustainability strategies.

Additionally, it will seek to incorporate the perspectives and experiences of citizens affected by mercury pollution. The disposal of waste containing mercury can pose significant risks to public health and the environment, and it is important to understand the challenges and needs of local communities in addressing this issue. Moreover, the role of public authorities will be examined in addressing mercury pollution in these areas. Effective solutions to mercury pollution require coordinated efforts between industry, academia, civil society, and public authorities. All in collaboration will discuss their approaches to mercury management and share their experiences in implementing effective policies and regulations. The positions and experiences of stakeholders from different cities will be represented and compared, providing a valuable opportunity for cross-learning and collaboration.

To achieve these objectives, the e-conference will feature a diverse range of expert speakers, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities that can facilitate dialogue and collaboration among participants. Attendees will have the opportunity not only to participate but also to learn about the latest research findings, policy initiatives, and practical experiences related to mercury pollution management, as well as contribute their own insights and perspectives. By fostering a multidisciplinary and inclusive approach to mercury pollution management, the e-conference can contribute to the development of effective and sustainable strategies that can protect human health and the environment while promoting economic and social well-being.

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