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JPAC calls for comments on draft 2011-2012 CEC cooperative work program

Montreal, 28 March 2011—The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting public input on the CEC’s draft cooperative work program for 2011–2012.

This program will serve as the basis of the CEC’s next Operational Plan, which will set forth cooperative actions to protect and enhance the North American environment under priorities established by the CEC Council—the environment ministers or their equivalent of Canada, Mexico and the United States:

  • Healthy Communities and Ecosystems
  • Climate Change – Low-Carbon Economy
  • Greening the Economy in North America

The CEC’s 2010–2015 Strategic Plan identifies objectives for each priority to guide development of operational plans that will achieve clear and tangible results.

The JPAC-led review of this draft cooperative work program is intended to be transparent and accessible. Your comments are important and appreciated.

The deadline to provide written comments is 27 April 2011. Please note that the draft project descriptions, as presented here, are subject to change as a result of comments from the public.

It is anticipated that, based upon its consideration of the proposed program, JPAC will provide advice to Council following the deadline for public comments.

Please consult the CEC website for:

  • Draft project descriptions and budget for 2011–2012
  • Strategic Plan of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation 2010–2015
  • CEC Public Consultation Guidelines

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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