Montreal, 4 March 2014—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), composed of the highest-level environmental authorities from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, today awarded $1.2 million in grants under CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program for 18 new projects that will support communities across North America in addressing environmental problems at the local level.
NAPECA grants will tackle a wide range of environmental challenges: In Canada, new work will begin on measuring carbon storage in temperate eelgrass and salt marsh habitats to support the restoration and conservation of these types of habitats; in the U.S., the benefits of solar energy will be brought to small, historically underserved communities in northern New Mexico, using renewable sources for energy production instead of fossil fuels; and in Mexico, remote communities in the Sierra Tarahumara will receive support to grow leafy greens locally throughout the year, thanks to bio-intensive management techniques and water catchment systems, thus improving the diet and ensuring food security.
The 18 projects were selected based on how significantly they were able to address community and North American environmental issues related to the CEC priorities for 2010–2015, their innovation and technical, methodological or scientific approaches, their replicability across the three countries, and their emphasis on producing clear and tangible results. The projects embody a broad base of hands-on groups and organizations, representing indigenous communities, community organizations, environmental groups, and academic institutions.
In 2010, CEC Council members—the environment ministers of the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries—created the NAPECA grant program to encourage innovative and model environmental initiatives at the community level in support of CEC priorities.
This work at the community level will play an integral part in achieving CEC priorities to support healthy communities and ecosystems, encourage activities that address climate change through the transition to a low carbon economy, and advance innovative projects that could assist in greening the economies of the three countries.
North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA)
|Adopt a Rancher||02/06/2014|
|Community Improvement of Sanitation, Farm, Tourism and Ecological Services for Sustainable Development in the Hñahñü Indigenous Community of El Alberto, Ixmiquilpan (Hidalgo, Mexico)||02/07/2014|
|Ecosystem Education and Native Tree Planting in the Florida Everglades||02/07/2014|
|Improving Community-Scale Feces Waste Treatment (CSFWT) in Arctic North America||02/07/2014|
|Developing a Carbon Reduction Methodology through Backyard Gardening||02/06/2014|
|Indigenous Perspectives for Lake Winnipeg||02/10/2014|
|Integration of edible greens into the production chain to ensure food security in the Sierra Tarahumara||02/07/2014|
|Local capacity building to apply alternative technologies and training on sustainable water management and biological conservation||02/07/2014|
|Pilot Project for a GHG Emissions Reduction Initiative via a Student Competition in South Miami, FL||02/10/2014|
|Proyecto Playas Limpias de Tijuana y Rosarito / Baja California Border Region Beach Water Quality||02/10/2014|
|Reduction of Pollution from Waste Cooking Oil and Biodiesel Utilization in Communities of the Municipality of Emiliano Zapata, Tabasco||02/10/2014|
|Reinforced concrete tanks for rainwater catchment in the Municipality of San Lucas Quiaviní in the State of Oaxaca||02/10/2014|
|Rural Schools in the Texcoco Mountain Zone, Toward Sustainability||02/07/2014|
|Strengthening Community Ties for Environmental Health and Sustainability||02/07/2014|
|The K’omoks and Squamish Estuaries — A Blue Carbon Pilot Project||02/10/2014|
|Sol Not Coal: Leveraging Solar Energy to Strengthen Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations||02/10/2014|
|The Lake Erie Shoreline Project||02/10/2014|
|Youth Water Education and Monitoring Project||02/10/2014|