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Part II: Canada's Draft National Action Plan on Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants

9. Implementation Schedule and Strategy Review

Section 5 of this report outlines the strategies underway to reduce and, as feasible, eliminate releases of unintentionally produced POPs. The strategies described include specific targets and timelines for various existing sources (e.g., iron sintering), and more general objectives of behaviour or process change for other identified sources (e.g., residential wood combustion). Measures outlined in Section 5 are tabulated in Appendix A to the NAP with identified implementation schedules.

Pursuant to Article 5 (a) (v), the Stockholm Convention calls for the review of strategies in a Party's Action Plan every 5 years, and to report on the those reviews to the Conference of the Parties (COP) under Article 15. In addition to this, Parties' will be required to update their National Implementation Plans on a periodic basis to be determined by the Conference of the Parties, per Article 7,1.(c).

Canada plans to review the strategies laid out in this Action Plan and their success in meeting the obligations of Article 5 (a) of the Stockholm Convention on a five year basis. Canada also plans to update the Action Plan every five years, in conjunction with the review of strategies. This latter commitment will be reconsidered at each update, taking into account decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other factors of relevance.

The review of strategies and their success in meeting the objectives of Article 5 may take into consideration:

  • Reductions achieved in releases of UPOPs from identified source categories
  • Usefulness and relevance of inventories for UPOPs
  • Areas for improvement with respect to current strategies and inventories
  • Identification of new or emerging source categories releasing UPOPs.
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