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06/23/2005 | NAFTA Trade and Environment Strategic Plan
NAFTA Environment Ministers Adopt Trade and Environment Strategic Plan
Ministers of the United
States, Canada and Mexico adopted a five-year strategic plan for the
North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) at their annual
meeting in Quebec City today.
The strategic plan, which demonstrates the commitment of the three
governments to give new direction to the organization and will guide the
cooperative activities of the CEC for the next five years, places special
emphasis on trade and environment issues.
The Ministers pledged to work closely with trade officials in all three
countries in pursuing action in the following areas: (i) enhancing environmental
law enforcement; (ii) preventing establishment of invasive plant and animal
species; (iii) creating new markets for green products; (iv) promoting renewable
energy; (v) improving and expanding green purchasing practices; and (vi)
continuing the CEC’s work on environmental assessment of the NAFTA. A press release and more information on
the meeting of environment ministers and the CEC strategic plan are available on
the EPA website.