Operational Plan: 2010
This project will help remove from commerce materials that are harmful to human health and the environment and will allow for the appropriate management of these harmful materials.
It will also help create a level playing field for business across all three countries by helping to ensure successful prosecution of violations of environmental laws.
Finally, the project will make possible the electronic exchange of data on export notifications and responses to improve enforcement.
This project has three objectives:
Outstanding tasks and activities from 2009 should be completed in 2010, bringing this project to an appropriate conclusion.
Since 1996, the EWG has identified the need for improved capacity to track transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and materials and ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Moreover, the EWG has identified the importance of enforcing laws that regulate these materials and finding cooperative approaches concerning the enforcement of domestic laws; domestic laws include those that implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), through continuous work with the North American Wildlife Enforcement Working Group (NAWEG).
Because non-compliant imports could potentially enter North America via Mexican ports, customs and environmental officials from the three countries are committed to sharing intelligence data and information in order to protect the region from such commodities and materials. By developing these initiatives the Parties contribute to regional strengthening of border security and global environmental strategies like the green Customs carried out by UNEP.
Key activities of the project include:
The expected outcomes of the project include: