New CEC infographics illustrate key facts about grasslands conservation

Series chronicles recent trends in North American ranching industries, beef cattle trade, and grasslands

Montreal, 22 January 2016—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has released a series of infographics underlining the importance of sustainable ranching and beef cattle trade to the grasslands, and to the societies and economies of North America.

The North American grasslands are the only shared, contiguous terrestrial ecoregion extending from Canada through the United States and on to Mexico.

Expressing a common interest to strengthen trinational efforts for a common approach to grasslands conservation and sustainable use, Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to create an awareness-raising tool through the CEC. In partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Conabio), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service, the CEC compiled reliable, detailed and comparable data on the grasslands, the North American beef cattle industries, and the beef cattle trade across the three countries.

Members of the public are encouraged to use these new sets of infographics to develop their own awareness-raising and outreach campaigns, or to promote funding mechanisms, policies and research that recognize the benefits that sustainable ranching can bring to the conservation and informed use of this vital, shared North American ecoregion. To view or download the infographics, visit our Virtual Library at

For more innovative ways to conserve and restore native grasslands while strengthening the economic stability of ranching across North America, visit the CEC’s Grasslands Beneficial Management Practices Online Tool at

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