Launch of the NATBUS project: North American Truck and Bus Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their Supply Chain Sustainability
Enter to win a trip to the 2014 Council Session in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
The CEC has released a Green Building Guide to aid the green building industry and others in identifying codes, ratings, and benchmarking systems available in North America.
Mark your calendar today to join North America’s environment ministers live or via webcast in the far northern regions of North America for the 21st annual Session of the CEC Council
How can we meet the challenge of building healthy, sustainable homes in remote and indigenous communities?
Joint Public Advisory Committee to host public forum in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, 12–13 May 2014
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In 1993, Canada, Mexico and the United States signed the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC)as a side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The NAAEC established the Commission for EnvironmentalCooperation (CEC) to help the Parties ensure that improved economic efficiency occurred simultaneously withtrinational environmental cooperation.
The NAAEC highlighted biodiversity as a key area for trinational cooperation. In 2001,the CEC adopted a resolution (Council Resolution 01-03), which created the Biodiversity Conservation Working Group (BCWG),a working group of high-level policy makers from Canada, Mexico and the United States. In 2003, the BCWG producedthe "Strategic Plan for North American Cooperation in the Conservation of Biodiversity."
This strategy identified responding tothreats, such as invasive species, as a priority action area. In 2004, the BCWG, recognizing the importance of prevention in addressinginvasive species, agreed to work together to develop the draft CEC Risk Assessment Guidelines for Aquatic Alien InvasiveSpecies (hereafter referred to as the Guidelines). These Guidelines will serve as a tool to North American resource managerswho are evaluating whether or not to introduce a non-native species into a new ecosystem.
Through this collaborativeprocess, the BCWG has begun to implement its strategy as well as address an important trade and environment issue. With increasedtrade comes an increase in the potential for economic growth as well as biological invasion, by working to minimize the potential adverseimpacts from trade, the CEC Parties are working to maximize the gains from trade while minimizing the environmental costs.