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Peer Reviews

The third peer review of the monitoring and research activities of the IADN program was held in November 2008.  A panel of four expert scientists (representing the U.S., Canada, and Europe) reviewed the operation of the network between 2002-2008 and concluded that:

"IADN is a model for multi-national, long-term atmospheric and deposition monitoring of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Together with European Monitoring and  Evaluation Programme (EMEP) and Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), it is one of the  few successful monitoring programs providing data on the atmospheric pollution and assessing  trends in long-term background levels of these contaminants. As such, IADN is an important resource for policymakers and researchers as they address the provisions laid out in the international persistent organic pollutants agreements including the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution."

The peer review panel also made recommendations to address how the network can better meet the provisions of Annexes 12 and 15 in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement(GLWQA), as well as how to better inform other regional and international monitoring networks and conventions addressing toxic substances.

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