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Generating Guidance on the Implementation of CITES Source Code Y for Tree Species in North America and Conducting Non-Detriment Findings (NDF) for These Species

Deadline: July 7, 2022

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants related to coordinating information exchanges and developing additional information to guide CITES Parties evaluating whether plants are obtained from assisted production (according to CITES definitions for source code Y) and for making non-detriment findings (NDF) for these species. This, with the objective of improving the capacities of those in charge of CITES implementation and support scientific evaluation to determine—and promote—the sustainability of arboreal species under this code. Specifically, the consultant will be expected to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of information on commercial and biological methods applied for conservation and management of CITES timber species.
  • Organize and conduct a workshop and other consultations, as needed, to develop guidance on CITES source code Y implementation and conducting non-detriment findings for tree species under this source code.
  • Publish a report of the findings, guidance, and tools on the implementation of CITES source code Y and NDFs, based on the workshop outcomes. The report should also include recommendations to address the challenges arising from the agreements established at CoP18 on the proper implementation of CITES.

Deadlines for Proposal Submission and Decision

The proposal, including all relevant attachments, must be received by the CEC Secretariat offices by 17:00 EST on 07 July 2022. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail to Proposal format may be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. Once the proposal has been submitted electronically, the CEC will confirm receipt within three business days. If receipt is not confirmed by e-mail within this time, applicants must contact the CEC. The contact person is:

Mónica Valtierra Brestchneider
Project Lead, Green Growth Unit
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
700 rue de la Gauchetière, Suite 1620
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 5M2
Tel: 514-350-4300; Fax: 514-350-4314
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The CEC Secretariat intends to select the consultant and notify the applicants within a reasonable period of time following the proposal submission deadline.

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About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.