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Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Closing date: November 16, 2007

In keeping with the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations, an Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations has been conducted to help negotiators to better integrate environmental considerations into the negotiating process.

The Government of Canada is working closely with Provincial and Territorial Governments throughout the environmental assessment process. It has consulted with Canadians on this step of the environmental assessment, including business groups, non-governmental organizations and the general public. On October 29, 2005, a Notice of Intent to conduct an Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Korea FTA negotiations was issued in the Canada Gazette and posted on the Trade Negotiations and Agreements website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The report on the Initial Environmental Assessment is now released for a 45-day public consultation period until November 16, 2007. We welcome comments on this report, as well as comments on anticipated economic, environmental and policy-making impacts on Canada as a result of the Canada-Korea FTA negotiations. The Final Environmental Assessment report will be released after the conclusion of the negotiations.

Please send your contributions by email, mail or fax to:

Consultations and Liaison Division (CSL)
Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
E-mail: consultations@international.gc.ca
Fax: (613) 944-7981