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    Cortinas de Nava, Dr. Cristina. Los Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes: Una Visión Regional. Published by the National Chamber of Deputies delegation of the Green Party of Mexico (PVEM). Spanish. 2003. 324pp.

    In a prior Mexican government, Dr. Cortinas was in charge of policy regarding wastes and hazardous substances, and knows well both subjects. This book is the outgrowth of her work for the Green Party on formulating and implementing the framework law on wastes, since the PVEM proposal for the law included provisions related to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Although it is long and some of its factual background material repeats ground covered by the UNEP/GEF regional assessment for Central America and the Caribbean (see below), this book is worth reading because of its clarity and organization, and its unique vision of sub-regional cooperation in the implementation of the Stockholm Convention that would have the Central American states work closely with Mexico and their trade partner, the Dominican Republic.

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    UNEP/Global Environment Fund (GEF).  Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances: Central America and the Caribbean.  English and Spanish.  2002.  145pp.

    This report examines the sources, environmental levels and trends, and evidence of adverse effects in the subregion (the Central American nations, the Caribbean islands, Bahamas, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana).  The report covers more than just the POPs presently covered by the Stockholm Convention — it also covers atrazine; endosulfan; lindane; organic mercury, lead and tin; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); short chain chlorinated paraffins; phthalates; nonyl and octyl phenols.

     

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    UNEP/Global Environment Fund (GEF).  Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances: Eastern and Western South America.  English and Spanish.  2002.  102pp.

    This report examines source characterization, environmental levels, toxicological and eco-toxicological characterization, an assessment of major pathways of contaminants transport, plus a preliminary assessment of the regional capacity and needs to manage persistent toxic substances (PTS), in South American nations (except Colombia, Venezuela and the Guyanas).  It examines more than just the POPs presently covered by the Stockholm Convention — it also covers atrazine; endosulfan; lindane; pentachlorophenol (PCP), organic mercury; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

     

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    North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC).  North American Regional Action Plans (NARAPs) on Chemical Substances:

    PCBs

    Mercury

    Dioxins, Furans & Hexachlorobenzene

    DDT & Chlordane

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