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Media Release

REGISTER NOW! Join our public forum on biodiversity and climate change

Montreal, 19 May 2016—Join the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on 14 June in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico, for a public forum on biodiversity and climate change from an environmental and economic perspective.

Public participation at the JPAC forum on 14 June and the 23rd annual Regular Session of the CEC’s governing Council on 15 June is free of charge.

At the JPAC forum, members of the public will convene with experts from nongovernmental organizations, government, academia and industry to discuss the intricate connection between biodiversity and climate change.

Participants convening in-person and via webcast will also consider the vital contribution biodiversity makes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, they will have the opportunity to discuss ecosystem-based adaptation solutions, including those being developed by young scientists.

JPAC is composed of 15 citizens, five from each country. It advises the Council and ensures public participation, openness and transparency in the actions of the CEC.

JPAC incorporates the input it receives on environmental matters at its open sessions into the advice it submits to the Council. Read past JPAC advice here.

The CEC Council—composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the United States—oversees the implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).

To find out more about JPAC and view a video message from JPAC Chair Lindsay Brumwell, visit www.cec.org/jpac.

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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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