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Two Page Chair Report from EPPR meeting in Montreal, Canada

EPPR held its first meeting of 2016 in Montreal, Canada. 48 participants attended representing all Arctic States, three observer states (Italy, Singapore and South Korea), one observer organizations (WWF), 1 Working Groups (PAME), and 1 invited guest from the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

The meeting focused on follow-up activities from the last EPPR meeting in Reykjavik. Project updates and project proposals were discussed. On June 13, the second functional table top exercise of the MOSPA Agreement was held, with participation from all Arctic States and four Observers. On June 14, two breakout sessions were held, the first, an EPPR-IOGP workshop on the development of international standards and application for the prevention of oil spills from offshore oil in the Arctic, and the second, a meeting of the recently established EPPR SAR Expert Group. EPPR Heads of Delegation also met in advance of the plenary sessions on June 15-16.

EPPR Chair’s Report from Montreal