North American Updates on Blue Carbon Science, Conservation and Collaboration

In 2020, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) organized a series of activities on blue carbon as part of its 2019–2020 project, “Strengthening Adaptation Capacity in Marine Protected Areas,” as summarized in this report. Building upon previous efforts on blue carbon, the CEC worked to convene a meeting of North American blue carbon practitioners, update […]

Reducing Marine Litter Through Local Action

The purpose of this toolkit is to help North American urban, suburban and rural communities located inland or in coastal areas to mobilize and coordinate efforts to reduce and prevent improperly disposed trash from becoming marine litter. The toolkit was developed as an accessible resource for local organizations, community leaders and anyone passionate about leading […]

Inventory of TEK Projects and Engagement in Canada

This study identifies – but does not assess the efficacy of – existing frameworks in Canada for the engagement of Indigenous communities associated with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) at the international, national, provincial / territorial, and community levels, as well as TEK-related projects undertaken by universities and research institutions, public and government institutions, and private sector partners in Canada that have included the engagement of Indigenous and local communities.

Compilation of Engagement with Indigenous Communities and Experts Associated with TEK in the United States

The purpose of this Compilation of Engagement with Indigenous Communities and Experts Associated with TEK in the United States is to assist the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and other partners engaging in work that involves TEK. This paper provides an inventory of existing frameworks in the United States that provide mechanisms for the voluntary engagement of indigenous communities and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) experts.

Guide to the Inventory of CEC initiatives with Indigenous engagement (1995-2018)

As part of the North American TEK Atlas project, the present guide is a companion to the Inventory of CEC initiatives that have included Indigenous engagement. This inventory spans the entire history of CEC activities, from 1995 to December 2018. It involved keyword-based research from the CEC website and publication archives as well as discussions with CEC Secretariat staff to identify most initiatives.

Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter

Common trash from consumer goods in coastal and inland locations makes up the majority of trash that ends up pollluting our oceans. Marine Litter damages ecosystems and kills marine life, threatening our food supplies, tourism, the fishing industry and our economies. Through its 2017-2018 project “Building Community solutions to Marine Litter”, the CEC led the […]

Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter in North America

Common trash from consumer goods in coastal and inland locations makes up the majority of trash that ends up polluting our oceans. Marine litter damages ecosystems and kills marine life, threatening our food supplies, tourism, the fishing industry, and our economies. Through its 2017-2018 project “Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter”, the CEC led the […]

Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter in North America

Common trash from consumer goods in coastal and inland locations makes up the majority of trash that ends up polluting our oceans. Marine litter damages ecosystems and kills marine life, threatening our food supplies, tourism, the fishing industry, and our economies. Through its 2017-2018 project “Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter”, the CEC led the […]

Trinational Trade and Enforcement Training Workshop to Support the Legal and Sustainable Trade in Turtles and Tortoises

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) held the Trinational Trade and Enforcement Training Workshop to Support the Legal and Sustainable Trade in Turtles and Tortoises in Miami, Florida, United States, from 24 to 26 October 2018. The development of this workshop was identified as a priority action in the CEC Action Plan for North America: Sustainable Trade in Turtles and Tortoises (CEC 2017). The workshop objectives were extensive and sought to understand the ecology and life-history traits of turtles, recognize the challenges presented by trade (both pet and meat trade), identify research and management needs to help achieve sustainable trade and maintain viability of wild populations in North America, develop or revise policy for achieving turtle conservation, and revise a priority-species list.

Regional Workshop on the Evaluation of Capacities to Identify Woods in the Trade of CITES-listed Priority Timber Species

The Regional Workshop on the Evaluation of Capacities to Identify Woods in the Trade of CITES-listed Priority Timber Species was conducted as part of the Supporting Sustainable Trade of CITES Species project, under the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) 2017–2018 Operational Plan. The workshop took place in the city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, on 6–8 November 2018. It brought together policymakers, environmental law enforcement officials, and the authorities responsible for enforcing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), along with researchers, producers, nongovernmental organizations, and industry representatives.

Long-term Impact Assessment of the North American Environmental Atlas and the North American Land Change Monitoring System (1996–2016)

Because our environment does not end at the border, the CEC has developed over the last 22 years a unique framework that harmonizes geographic information in a seamless manner across North America’s political boundaries. Its North American Environmental Atlas aims at better monitoring environmental trends and land-cover changes in the region.

Long-term Impact Assessment of the CEC Monarch Butterfly Conservation Work (1996–2016)

Since 1996, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has been actively involved in the conservation of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), a symbol of trinational environmental cooperation between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Although interrupted for a few years, CEC efforts to conserve the species intensified after population declines were recorded at overwintering sites in […]