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Law Enforcement Working Table

List of Participants:

Diana Ponce Nava, PROFEPA
Darlene A. Pearson, CEC
Benito A. Perez, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Ignacio Gonzalez Hernandez, CEC
Richard Charette
Yvan LaFleur
Observer: Fernando Espinosa

Item No. 1: Introduction of participants

The six participants introduced themselves.

Item No. 2: Changes to the organizations in the U.S.A., Mexico and Canada -

(new representatives, structure, main projects)

The three countries indicated modifications made to their organizational structure and the name of their new representatives.

Action(s):

Each of the three countries will produce a list of the names and addresses of the new representatives, and when available, the revised organizational structure of each organization.

Assigned to:

Benito Perez, Diana Ponce Nava and Yvan Lafleur.

Proposed Completion Date:

June 1, 2001, or as soon as new nominations are confirmed.

Item No. 3: Next Seminar on Public Participation in Wildlife Enforcement (progress report, action plan)

The CEC presented the agenda for the fall 2001 Seminar on Public Participation in Wildlife Enforcement.  The parties discussed the location of the seminar, the list of participants and speakers, the role of moderators and panelists, and the general content of the agenda.  It was decided to hold the meeting in Washington on September 27-28, 2001.

The parties commented on and reviewed the proposed agenda.  The CEC will provide a revised version of the agenda to the parties, once finalized.  Moderators and reporters will be selected from NAWEG members, among others.  The CEC will be responsible for the invitation process.  Financial support to participants will be provided in  accordance with the CEC rules.

Action(s):

The CEC will finalize the agenda, taking into consideration comments submitted by the parties, who will suggest names for speakers, moderators and participants.

Assigned to:

Darlene Pearson, Benito Perez, Diana Ponce Nava and Yvan Lafleur.

Proposed Completion Date:

May 15, 2001.

Recommendation to the Executive Table:

The parties solicit  the endorsement of this seminar by the Executive Table.

Item No. 4: Budget and other administratives issues

The CEC presented the budget for years 2000 and 2001.  Issues of particular importance for 2001 include the Seminar on Public Participation, as well as inspector training activities among the three countries.

Action(s):

Each country will provide the agenda for training activities, when available, to the other parties.

Assigned to:

Benito Perez, Diana Ponce Nava and Yvan Lafleur.

Proposed Completion Date:

May 2001, or as soon as the information is available..

Item No. 5: NAWEG and Interpol (expansion of NAWEG as representative of Interpol North America, progress report, action plan)

Outreach of NAWEG to Caribbean and Central American countries is not a priority and will have to be considered in the long-term strategy.

Item No. 6: NAWEG policy and long-term strategy (need, value added, should we have a more defined and long term commitment, action plan if required)

It was agreed to develop a long-term strategy guiding NAWEG actions for the next 10 years.  The Canadian representative proposed  developing a draft document on the long-term strategy that he will submit to the parties for their approval.  This document will be discussed at the NAWEG fall meeting.

The CEC presented the three-year action plan for its Enforcement and Compliance Capacity Building program. The parties will provide notes on events and issues that could be part of this action plan.

Discussions were held on the seminar on protected plant species to be held in Mexico in 2003.  In addition, a proposal was made to hold a  seminar on new technologies for wildlife enforcement activities.

Action(s):

A draft long-term strategy plan will be prepared by Canadian representatives.  The CEC will

update the three-year work plan according to input provided by the parties.

Assigned to:

Darlene Pearson, Benito Perez, Diana Ponce Nava and Yvan Lafleur.

Proposed Completion Date:

Input for CEC plan and budget is required by May 15, 2001, and other information, by July 2001.

Recommendation to the Executive Table:

Given the interrelation of the enforcement activities with those of other Trilateral tables, NAWEG asks for the support of the Executive Table in developing its long-term strategy.

Item No. 7:  2002 Invasive species seminar

The CEC presented a background paper on legal and policy responses to aquatic invasive species and the report on the recommendations of the regulatory measures working group of the aquatic invasive species seminar held in March 2001 in Montreal..

The parties discussed the objectives and contents of the CEC/NAWEG invasives species enforcement seminar to be held in September 2002 in Canada.

Action(s):

The CEC will  initiate a process to prepare an agenda and will ensure the distribution of duties between the parties.

Assigned to:

Darlene Pearson, Benito Perez, Diana Ponce Nava and Yvan Lafleur.

Proposed Completion Date:

September 2001.

Recommendation to the Executive Table:

We ask the ExecutiveTable to support this seminar and to ensure that the technical expertise from the other tables will be available to ensure  its success.

Item No. 8: Other items

The issue of incidental takes of migratory birds in the U.S. was discussed.

 

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