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Understanding of CITES Verification Process in North America

Deadline: April 11, 2022 5:00pm

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants related to Activity 1 of the CEC project “Strengthening the Implementation and Effective Enforcement of CITES for Timber in North America.” This activity is intended to share information on, and assess similarities and differences between national legislation, regulations, and processes for implementation of CITES by enforcement officers, with particular reference to laws and regulations specifically related to what information needs to be verified for traded wood products and the process for that verification. Specifically, the consultant would be expected to: a) conduct phone, online or in-person surveys and organize online meetings with knowledgeable staff to assess the barriers faced by enforcement officers for the implementation of CITES timber species, and b) develop a report of the findings including recommendations to improve enforcement officers’ ability to determine if a timber import is at high risk of being illegal.

The proposal, including all relevant attachments, must be received by the CEC Secretariat offices by 17:00 EST on April 11, 2022. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail to mvaltierra@cec.org. 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

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.