Strategic Plan of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation 2010-2015


Start: 2010-01-01, End: 2015-12-31, Publication: 2013-09-07


... the NAAEC emphasizes a collaborative approach to environmental protection that integrates ecological, economic and social factors affecting the North American environment, promotes environmental cooperation in the region and supports the effective enforcement of environmental law. The NAAEC recognizes the interrelationship between a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy and fosters both. In addition to reinforcing the national obligations of each country to protect its own environment, the Parties established the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) through the NAAEC to facilitate effective cooperation on the conservation, protection, and enhancement of the North American environment. Through the unique partnership created by the NAAEC, the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States and North American civil society work together to pursue what none of the three countries could achieve on its own.

In North America, more than 425 million people share a rich environmental heritage ranging from tropical rain forests to arctic tundra and including deserts and wetlands, oceans and rivers, prairies and mountains. Together, these natural resources form a complex network of ecosystems that support a unique biodiversity as well as sustain our well-being and livelihoods. Although the three countries in North America have had a rich history of bilateral cooperation on the environment, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) facilitated collaboration at the trilateral level. The NAAEC came into force at the same time as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Together, the environmental provisions of both agreements mark the determination of our three countries that economic growth and liberalization of trade would not displace ongoing cooperation and continuous improvement in the environmental performance of each country


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Commission for Environmental Cooperation


The CEC budget is US$9 million a year, contributed equally by the three Parties. The Parties make additional contributions to the CEC through an extensive commitment of staff, time and expertise, under the various activities identified in the CEC Operational Plan. The Parties are committed to ensuring that all CEC bodies work on the principles of, transparency and accountability.


  • CEC Partiesthe governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States

  • Government of Canada

  • Government of Mexico

  • Government of the United States

  • North American Civil Society

  • CEC Councilthe Council, the governing body of the Commission, is composed of cabinet-level environment officials or their designees. The Council's mandate includes overseeing the implementation of the NAAEC, establishing the CEC's overall direction, approving its budget, reviewing its progress and its projects against their objectives; and overseeing the Secretariat

  • Leona AglukkaqCouncil Member - Canada

  • Juan José GuerraCouncil Member - Mexico

  • Gina McCarthyCouncil Member - United States

  • CEC Secretariatthe Secretariat provides administrative, technical and operational support to the Council, its committees and working groups, and other support as the Council may direct. It also has special responsibilities in the Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) Process and the preparation of reports under Article 13

  • CEC JPACthe Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), composed of fifteen citizens (five from each country), advises the Council on any matter within the scope of the NAAEC and can serve as a source of information for the Secretariat. The JPAC ensures active public participation and transparency in all NAAEC activities.

  • CEC Committees & Working GroupsCommittees and working groups established by Council contribute significantly to the cooperative program under the CEC.

  • Government OfficialsThe Council will continue to receive advice from government officials, any Council established groups or committees and others to advance the priorities described in this Strategic Plan.

  • Irasema CoronadoCEC Executive Director -- Irasema Coronado was appointed Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), effective 1 December 2012. Irasema Coronado, PhD, was a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and was also an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Science and Engineering PhD program. At the university, she served as an associate provost (2008-2012), associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts (2006-2008), chair of the Political Science Department (2005-2006), and assistant professor of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (1999-2003). Dr. Coronado was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez in Mexico (2004-2005), and a faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas (1995-1999). Dr. Coronado has held other academic and visiting scholar positions at the University of Texas at San Antonio (1998-1999), the University of Arizona (1997 and 2001), El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Sonora, Mexico (1992-1995), and Cochise College (1991). Dr. Coronado is currently a member of the boards of Frontera Women's Foundation, the Coalition Against Violence Toward Women and Children on the Border, FEMAP (Mexican Federation of Private Associations), and the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation. Dr. Coronado holds a BA from the University of South Florida and an MA and PhD from the University of Arizona. Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of top 100 influential hispanics in the United States in October of 2010.