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REGISTER NOW: Join our public forum on how green infrastructure can help communities mitigate stormwater effects and adapt to climate change

Participate in person with the CEC’s advisory committee and experts in Boston or join the discussions online

Montreal, 27 May 2015—Join the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on July 14 in Boston, Massachusetts, for a public forum on Water and Climate Change: Adaptation through Green Infrastructure.

Public participation at the Council’s open session and the JPAC forum is free of charge. A limited amount of financial assistance is available for travel and lodging and may be requested before 3 June 2015. For more information, read our Public Consultation Guidelines.

JPAC’s second session of 2015 will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Regular Session of the CEC’s governing Council.

At the JPAC forum, members of the public will convene with experts from nongovernmental organizations, government, academia and industry to discuss how green infrastructure and land-use planning can be vital tools for communities to adapt to changing climate and excess stormwater. The forum will look at effective and sustainable water management strategies that improve water quality, mitigate flooding and reduce property damage.

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).

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.

To find out more about JPAC, visit www.cec.org/jpac.

Follow the CEC on Facebook at www.facebook.org/CECconnect and on Twitter @CECweb.

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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