The Government of Canada has negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama. Further to the notice of intent to conduct a strategic environmental assessment and the initial environmental assessment, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has completed a final Environmental Assessment of the negotiations.
The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development. Mutually supportive trade, investment and environmental policies can contribute to this objective. As a result, the Minister of International Trade has directed trade officials to consider, when appropriate, potential environmental effects of trade negotiations. Strategic environmental assessments of trade negotiations are critical to this work. The purpose of this Final EA Report is to document the outcome of negotiations in relation to the EA process.
Strategic environmental assessments of trade negotiations are prepared pursuant to the 2010 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan, and Program Proposals. Further guidance is provided by the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations.
All interested parties are invited to submit their comments on the Final Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Panama FTA negotiations by Tuesday, May 22, 2012 .
Comments can be sent by email, fax or mail to:
Environmental Assessments of Trade Agreements
Trade Agreements and NAFTA Secretariat
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Fax: (613) 992-9392