The North American Agreement On Environmental Cooperation

The CEC`s strategic priorities are consistent with Canadian and national environmental priorities in North America, potential trade and environmental conflicts between NAFTA partners, and the enforcement of national environmental legislation in all three countries. With naEC, Canada is demonstrating its commitment to addressing potential environmental impacts of North American trade. Trilateral research on environmental cooperation is in line with our highly integrated North American economy. This work supports the protection and promotion of Canadian environmental interests at the international level. In particular, it supports the expected outcome that Canada`s relationships with other governments and partners in support of environmental priorities will be effectively managed. NOTE the unique environmental, economic and social ties between them, including the agreement between the United States of America, the Mexican United States and Canada (USMCA) and their environmental objectives; As a result, NAAEC has created an intergovernmental organization, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CCE), to support cooperation between NAFTA partners to address environmental issues of continental importance, including environmental challenges and opportunities that free trade offers across the continent. HIGHLIGHT the importance of green growth, including its economic, health and environmental benefits, to achieve a competitive and sustainable North American economy; REAFFIRMING the long history of environmental cooperation between the parties under the North American Environmental Cooperation Agreement, signed on 8 September in Mexico City, Washington, D.C. and Ottawa on 8 September, 9, 12 and 14 September 1993 (NAAEC), and expressing their wish to build on this commitment; and Canada has contributed to its environmental efforts to be included in the CEC`s annual reports (17 in total) to ensure compliance with the NAAEC. They are to be found with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Each party must report on the state of its environment; Developing measures to prevent environmental emergencies; Promote environmental education, research and development; Assess the impact on the environment and promote the use of economic instruments. Environmental provisions are now an essential part of the trade agreement, and the usmCA environmental chapter contains the most comprehensive environmental commitments of a previous agreement signed by the United States. These include commitments to combat the trade in wild plants, timber and fishing; Strengthen law enforcement networks to curb human trafficking; and, for the first time, provisions to address environmental issues such as air quality and marine waste.