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The Trilateral Committee’s Law Enforcement Working Table, also known as NAWEG, coordinates different aspects of wildlife law enforcement, acting as a mechanism for technical and information exchange with other organizations, in particular with the NACEC.

Mission Statement"Through established operational and administrative structures, the North America Wildlife Enforcement Group (NAWEG) contributes to strengthening regional capacity to implement national laws and international agreements regarding wildlife, particularly CITES."


  • Orchestrated during the period 1995 to 2005 capacity building training for 600 officers from the different Customs and Wildlife Enforcement agencies. This was done through seminars and formal courses within the three countries depending upon the topic.
  • Organized six seminars on species identification (i.e., birds, hunting trophies, corals, reptiles, plants, and skins) to ensure enforcement officers understanding of the entire aspect of the trade. Collaborators included industries and NGOs related to the use and trade of species, as well as wildlife parts and products.
  • Held two seminars addressing forensic techniques with the participation of experts from different federal, state, and provincial institutions, as well as universities and academic institutions. The seminars were directed at enforcement officers and forensic experts.
  • Planned and implemented a seminar for law enforcement managers on public participation, with the participation of NGOs from the three countries, to promote public involvement in law enforcement activities.
  • Planned and implemented a training seminar on intelligence issues for law enforcement personnel from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., to establish a network of individuals involved in research and intelligence related to flora and fauna.
  • Developed, published and distributed an array of educational and outreach materials to targeted audiences which reinforced inspection and monitoring activities in the three countries, including:
    • An Internet site containing technical information for rapid search and quick references for inspectors and the public in general (;
    • CITES identification guides on birds, turtles, hunting trophies, and tropical woods;
    • A technical document to identify and analyze wildlife specimen samples, as part of case development;
    • A technical document on the use of DNA analysis, its limits and potentials in the investigation of illegal wildlife trade; and
    • A directory of forensic labs and capabilities.

Facilitating international cooperation for conserving the living heritage of North America.

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