Part I: Canada's National Implementation Plan (NIP) under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

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The 2005 draft NIP and NAP have been prepared for review by stakeholders and interested parties, in advance of Canada's participation at the first Conference of the Parties (COP-1), to be held in Uruguay in May 2005. Canada proposes to provide the draft NIP as an information piece at COP-1, and to complete the NIP after COP-1 and transmit it to the COP before the deadline for Canada of May 16, 2006.

Before preparing this plan, and in the winter of 2004, Environment Canada consulted with stakeholders and solicited their advice on the development and content of the Plan. That advice has been taken under consideration in preparing this draft and will be reported in Chapter 9 of the NIP. This draft has been reviewed by federal government departments and agencies and representatives of provincial/territorial governments in advance of its release.

Environment Canada is seeking input on this draft NIP and NAP by forwarding it to stakeholders identified through a variety of means, including names identified during the 2004 consultations and stakeholder lists of programs for which the NIP and NAP have special significance. Notification of this consultation is also being posted on Environment Canada's CEPA 1999 registry). Face-to-face stakeholder feedback will be solicited at a focused stakeholder consultation meeting to be held on February 14, 2005. Interested parties are asked to submit their comments to Greg Filyk at the address below, no later than March 11, 2005. The NIP that is forwarded to COP-1 will include a report on stakeholder consultations, including those held in 2004 and 2005. Following COP-1, Canada will consider all advice received, and will then complete our NIP and submit it to the COP before May 17, 2006. Before submitting the final NIP to the Conference of the Parties in 2006, final consultations will be held.

Please forward comments on this document, by March 18, 2005, to:

Greg Filyk - Manager, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Environment Canada, Transboundary Air Issues Branch
351 St Joseph Boulevard, 11th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec Canada
K1A 0H3
Telephone: (819) 953-5945
Fax: (819) 994-8963

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