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The implementation of the Panama-Canada Free Trade Agreement is bringing more than increased trading benefits to Panama. A Panama-Canada Environmental Cooperation was signed by the two countries in May 2010, and came into force in April this year.
Canada is well-respected globally for its implementation of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra.
The Canadian Embassy recently spearheaded a joint program with Panama’s National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the City of Knowledge Foundation to initiate a “Discussion on Recycling in Panama.”
The discussion led off with a presentation by Canadian recycling guru Pierre Fillion, president of the Federation of Plastics and Alliances Composites (FEPAC). He delineated the province of Quebec’s recycling model, its weaknesses and strengths.
Invitations were sent to 75 activists and decision-makers from environmental groups, chambers, associations, supermarkets, universities, the mayor, NGO’s, and other public and private institutions.
Their attendance led to a lively question and answer session and the development of a consensus that a start must be made in homes, schools and workplaces.
Stress was laid on the importance of revisiting the issue of recycling as a priority and the development of an optimized recycling system to reduce the levels of accumulation of waste and pollutants from the environment.