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Public consultation on new CEC project to create a Communities for Environmental Justice Network in North America

The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) is seeking comments and suggestions from individuals, communities, and organizations across North America on a new CEC knowledge-sharing project to create a “Communities for Environmental Justice Network” (CEJN). The goal of the project is to consider an environmental justice approach to highlight or strengthen communities’ capacities and efforts on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The project will create a network of Indigenous, local, vulnerable, disadvantaged, and/or underserved communities that have environmental justice concerns, in order to increase their local capacities, expanding and disseminating community-based expertise, lessons learned, and guidance on climate change. Through the Network, participating communities will engage in the development of a virtual resource library to facilitate learning and exchange knowledge, in particular traditional knowledge and practices. This library can contribute to strengthened climate adaptation and mitigation, and build capacity of Indigenous, local, and vulnerable communities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Based on comments received from the public, JPAC members will provide an Advice to the Council of the CEC, which is composed of the highest-level environmental authorities (cabinet-level or equivalent) of Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Advice will include recommendations to maximize the project’s successful implementation.

The deadline to submit comments in writing is 23 November 2022.

The full text of the draft project description is available here.

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