Montreal, 27 May 2015— On 19 May 2015, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) decided by a two-thirds majority vote in Council Resolution 15-02 to instruct the CEC Secretariat not to prepare a factual record concerning submission SEM-13-001 (Tourism Development in the Gulf of California), which was filed in 2013 by a group of Mexico- and US-based organizations represented by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) and Earthjustice.
Council Resolution 15-02, as well as Canada’s and Mexico’s reasons for voting against the preparation of a factual record, and the statement by the United States associated with its vote, are posted in the public registry for submission SEM-13-001.
On 5 September 2014, the CEC Secretariat recommended to the CEC Council the development of a factual record regarding some of the submitters’ assertions, including those related to Mexico’s enforcement of environmental laws relative to environmental impact assessments, and the conservation, rational use, and exploitation of wetlands in connection with the CIP Playa Espíritu, Entremares, and Paraíso del Mar tourism projects.
Articles 14 and 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) provide that the CEC Secretariat may consider a submission from members of the public and nongovernmental organizations concerning the effective enforcement of environmental law by a NAAEC Party (Canada, Mexico, or the US). The CEC has published Guidelines for Submissions on Enforcement Matters explaining the steps in the process.
For further information, please visit the CEC Submissions on Enforcement Matters website.
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.