The Madison declaration on mercury pollution

Ambio. 2007 Feb;36(1):62-5.


This declaration summarizes the scientific and technical conclusions presented by four expert panels in their critical synthesis manuscripts and in plenary sessions at the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, convened in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, on 6-11 August 2006. The 1150 registered participants in this conference constituted a diverse, multinational body of scientific and technical expertise on environmental mercury pollution. This declaration conveys the panels' principal findings and their consensus conclusions on key policy-relevant questions concerning atmospheric sources of mercury, methylmercury exposure and its effects on humans and wildlife, socioeconomic consequences of mercury pollution, and recovery of mercury-contaminated fisheries.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Environmental Pollution / analysis*
  • Fisheries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Methylmercury Compounds / toxicity*
  • Public Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Public Policy*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Socioeconomic Factors*


  • Methylmercury Compounds