Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 09, 2010 16:35 ET

Canada's Environment Minister Reinforces Importance of Cooperation With Arctic Partners

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, reinforced Canada's commitment to Arctic environmental safety at the Arctic Ministers' Meeting, held this week in Ilulissat, Greenland. Minister Prentice met with other Arctic states to discuss environmental protection of the Arctic, share best practices, and emphasize the importance of a collaborative approach.

"Canada has always recognized the importance of protecting the Arctic from environmental hazards," said Minister Prentice. "Our Government knows that, to do this, we need collaboration from all Arctic states in order to ensure stringent standards and regulations are applied in the Arctic. That is why we are maintaining strong and cooperative relationships with our Arctic partners while ensuring that our own system of protection remains one of the best in the world."

In addition to progress made at the Arctic Ministers' Meeting, a separate bilateral meeting between Greenland and Canada was held today. Environment Minister Prentice met with his Greenland counterpart, Anthon Frederiksen, and Industry and Minerals Minister, Ove Karl Berthelsen, to discuss cooperation between Canada and Greenland aimed at ensuring the highest standards for protecting public safety and the environment in our shared Arctic coastal waters. Greenland agreed such an initiative was an important step towards achieving those goals.

The Arctic is a fundamental part of our identity and the Government of Canada remains committed to its leadership on Arctic environmental protection.

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