This document summarizes a proposal developed by Anáhuac University to create the Social Innovation Hub Anáhuac—Mexico (SIHA). Becoming a member of the EcoInnovation Network and exchanging ideas with its members, including the Tom Love Innovation Hub of Oklahoma University, provided useful information to Anáhuac University for developing this proposal.
The objective of this study was to improve the ability of regional and local decision-makers and communities to monitor and prepare for drought conditions through the development of a guide to locally relevant indicators for North American climate regions. Data were collected through an online survey that asked a series of questions on respondents’ experiences with drought in their geographical areas. A key series of questions queried the effectiveness of different drought indicators. Responses were analyzed to determine—according to the survey respondents—the most effective drought indicators for short-term and long-term drought in specific North American Köppen climate zones. Online webinars in English and Spanish were held to contribute additional information.
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 […]
AirNow-International (AirNow-I) is a system that allows government agencies and organizations to collect, process, exchange, and communicate air quality observations and forecasts in real-time. With the goal of improving decision-making related to public health, AirNow-I also contributes to increased public engagement on air quality issues. Between 2010 and 2015, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) […]
Appendix A – Methods. Version 2.0 of the guide, which was developed in 2020, provides a number of improvements upon the initial release based on feedback and input from pilot testers, expert contributors, and other individuals and organizations consulted by the authors. These improvements were designed to make the guide more user-friendly and allow readers […]
The forests of North America play an important role in the global greenhouse gas balance by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing it as “forest carbon” in forest ecosystems. Between 2013 and 2017, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) invested C$770,000 in two 2-year projects focused on generating scientific information to improve our understanding […]
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.
CEC’s work on hazardous waste management spanned 18 years and included the following initiatives
Long-term Impact Assessment of the North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Initiative (1995–2015)
The North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (NAPRTR) Initiative originates from a commitment of Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) to enhance the quality and comparability of PRTR data across the region, through improvements in methodologies for data gathering and management, electronic communications, and analyses, […]
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.
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 […]