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CEC Council instructs Secretariat to cease preparation of factual record on Species at Risk submission

Montreal, 20 April 2011—On 15 April 2011, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), through Council Resolution 11–02, instructed the Secretariat to proceed no further with preparation of a factual record regarding Submission SEM-06-005 (Species at Risk).

The Submission, filed on 10 October 2006, by a consortium of Canadian organizations, asserted that Canada is failing to effectively enforce the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) with respect to at least 197 of the 529 species identified as at risk in Canada.

On 20 December 2010, Council Resolution 10–05 instructed the Secretariat to prepare a factual record. Following review of the conditions specified in that resolution, the Submitters withdrew their submission on 17 January 2011.

For more information, please visit the CEC’s Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters webpage, and the registry of Submission SEM-06-005.

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.

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