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UPDATE: Panelists announced for the CEC’s public forum on food and organic waste

Montreal, 2 March 2017—Join the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and leading waste reduction experts on March 23 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, for a free public meeting on Reducing and managing food and organic waste streams in North America.

North America stands out from other developed regions with some of the most food wasted per capita. Food waste also compounds the growing problem of effectively managing organic waste—food, paper, wood and yard trimmings—in the region.

JPAC’s first public forum of 2017 will look at effective solutions to reduce food waste and divert organic waste streams to productive uses, such as energy production and composting.

Among the North American experts invited are:

  • Renán Alberto Poveda, Senior Environmental Scientist, World Bank
  • Daniela Ruehl, Program Consultant, FAO México
  • Ralph C. Martin, Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Canada

The forum will also include a luncheon presentation on the CEC’s Sumidero Canyon II Factual Record, which examines the operation of a limestone quarry in a national park in the region.

Take part in the discussion online 

If you are unable to attend the CEC’s JPAC forum in person, you can watch it live on our Facebook page or at www.cec.org/webcast, and interact with the speakers in three ways:

  • Use the hashtag #JPACTuxtla on Twitter.
  • Send a message to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation‘s Facebook page.
  • Email info@cec.org.
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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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