Council Resolution 12-02

Distribution: General


ORIGINAL:  English


15 June 2012 


Extension of deadline for use of 2011 funds



MINDFUL of Rules 5.2 and 5.3 of the Financial Rules of the CEC;

ACKNOWLEDGING the Council’s decision during its 2011 Regular Session that, starting with the 2011–2012 Operational Plan, CEC project operations will follow a June-to-June implementation calendar;

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Memorandum from the Executive Director of 23 May 2012 (attached), prepared at the request of the Council, identifying the activities planned for 2011 that will not be completed and giving the reasons for the delay;

CONSIDERING that these activities represent only 20 percent of the total activities undertaken;

HEREBY DECIDES to transfer an amount not to exceed C$624,000 into the 2012 Operational Budget in order for these activities to be completed within the timeframes recommended in the attached memo;

HEREBY REQUESTS that the Executive Director report back on the progress and completion of these activities; and

NOTES that such extensions are to be considered exceptional and justified for one time only.





Dan Mc Dougall

Government of Canada


Enrique Lendo Fuentes

Government of the United Mexican States


Michelle DePass

Government of the United States



DATE:                                    23 May 2012

A / PARA / TO:                         Alternate Representatives

DE / FROM:                             Executive Director

CC:                                        General Standing Committee

OBJET / ASUNTO /RE:              Review of outstanding 2011 tasks and request for extension of funds

To inform the Council’s consideration of outstanding task-level initiatives in the 2011-2012 Operational Plan, and to provide for a reasonable completion of such matters in accordance with the two-year objectives of the Plan, the Secretariat is pleased to provide the following analysis and request for extension of financial deadline. 

Specifically, the Secretariat submits, for the Parties’ consideration, a request to extend the 30 June 2012 financial deadline (for expenditure of 2011 project funds) until 31 December 2012 for a number of specific task-level expenditures described below. For two outstanding tasks (2.4 of the Enhancing Law Enforcement in North America and task 5 of the Big Bend-Río Bravo project) permission is sought to extend activities to February and June 2013 respectively. The associated draft Council Resolution would transfer C$624,000 to year two to ensure the completion of all these activities planned for year one of the 2011–2012 Operational Plan.


Project: Capacity Building to Improve the Environmental Heath of Vulnerable Communities in North America (C$134,900)

Task 1: Continue activities aimed at integrating North American ambient air monitoring network data and information under the AIRNow-International (AIRNow-I) system to improve the quality and public access to ambient air quality conditions information Build capacity through training programs in Mexico for federal, state and local officials on pilot locales in system maintenance; data collection and analysis; and dissemination of air quality indices that are consistent with and comparable to those of the US and Canada.

Task 4: Hold workshop to discuss and refine draft outline of the framework document Hold workshop to discuss and refine draft outline of the framework document


North American Grasslands: Management Initiatives and Partnerships to Enhance Ecosystem and Community Resilience (C$26,000)

Task 4: Conduct research to confirm the economic, green and low-carbon benefits of adopting sustainable rangeland practices and other conservation measures in the grasslands. Conduct study on incentives and practices for preservation/ restoration/management of grassland and associated economic benefits.


Big Bend-Río Bravo Collaboration for Transboundary Landscape Conservation /North American Invasive Species Network (C$148,000)

Task 1: Expand existing conservation partnership to include more partners in Mexico and to increase the ability to coordinate and implement conservation efforts in the US and Mexico Conduct stream restoration course focused on the Río Grande/ Río Bravo for BBRBCC partners Plan and implement a series of public meetings in Mexico and the United States on ecosystem services and river management to provide information to communities and other stakeholders and identify shared conservation priorities.

Task 2: Develop a science-based binational conservation strategy for rehabilitation of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo Develop a Conservation Strategy for the reporting on the state of science on the Rio Grande/Río Bravo

Task 3: Conduct scientific studies of the Big Bend Reach of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo to inform adaptive management of ecosystem health Construct a GIS database, with maps and reports, of the human infrastructure and inundation potential of the river valley from Presidio to La Linda, TX Establishment and analysis of sediment study program for the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

Task 4: Expand strategic planning and implementation of exotic and invasive species management Establish baseline environmental conditions for long-term monitoring

Task 5: Facilitate the development of sustainable economic and social tools for integrating the local communities of Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico, and others along the border, with the binational conservation strategies for the Big Bend/Río Bravo region Identify stakeholders and facilitate partnerships amongst citizens, government agencies, companies, NGOs, and academia in the US and Mexico. Inventory existing infrastructure and economic capacity in Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico Assist CONANP and NPS in compiling binational citizen input concerning sustainable economic development related to binational conservation strategies and the opening of Boquillas Crossing Synthesize stakeholder input into a draft Sustainable Economic Development and Environmental Outreach Plan


Risk Reduction Strategies to Reduce Exposure to Chemicals of Mutual Concern (C$35,000)

Task 2: Create a mercury strategy based on Hg Path forward and conduct risk reduction activities as deemed appropriate Develop a five-year mercury strategy (2011 to 2015). Investigate options for long-term storage of elemental mercury in North America.

Task 4: Effectiveness evaluation Conduct effectiveness evaluation of Mercury (Hg), and lindane North American Regional Action Plan (NARAP) as well as work on dioxins, furans and hexachlorobenzene (DFH). Prepare closeout report for lindane NARAP


Environmental Monitoring and Assessment of Chemicals of Mutual Concern (C$52,100)

Task 1: Enhance the coverage of the environmental monitoring and assessment program in Mexico (Proname) by increasing the number of monitoring sites, and the media and chemicals to be monitored Monitor Mercury deposition at regional level: Mercury wet deposition monitoring in Mexico

Task 2: Assure the production of high-quality information, compatible and comparable. A Mexican network of laboratories that will be reliable and have a proven analytical capacity for POPs will be established Lab validation – human biomonitoring and environmental monitoring Proname protocol validation

Task 4: Develop a human biomonitoring program in Mexico Development of a human biomonitoring program: establishment of a multi-year work plan for human biomonitoring activities, building on Proname infrastructure and on human blood biomonitoring contaminant project


Enhancing Environmental Law Enforcement in North America (C$72,000)

Component B: Collaboratively addressing common challenges and issues related to environmental and wildlife enforcement will support the reduction of these challenges by 2015 Two workshops on detecting non-compliance in motorcycles being imported into North America and the development of supporting materials for government officials. A workshop on the exchange of information aimed at detecting illegal shipments of marine protected species Translation of CEC-produced materials aimed at promoting compliance in countries outside North America that experience high levels of non-compliance


Ecosystem Carbon Sources and Storage: Information to Quantify and Manage for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions (C$41,000)

Task 3: Enhance a platform and framework for the collection, management, mapping and dissemination of relevant data on sources of ecosystem carbon sources and storage in collaboration with other experts working on the North American Carbon Atlas, the North American Carbon Program, Carbon Budget Modeling and related programs Establish standards and data definitions for trilateral reporting

Sound Management of Electronic Wastes in North America (C$115,000)

1.15.1 Component A. Estimate the amounts of transboundary movement of used and end-of-life computers and monitors within North America and from North America to the rest of the world, based on a set of methodologies developed in an earlier phase (i.e., Phase II) of this analysis.

1.15.2 Component B. Enhance capacities of the e-waste refurbishing and recycling sectors to implement environmentally sound management practices.

Extension of deadline for use of 2011 funds