Canada/Mexico/US Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem
Conservation and Management

1. Official Designation (title):

The Canada/Mexico/US Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation & Management.

2. Mandate:

The Canada/Mexico/US Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management hereinafter referred to as the Trilateral Committee, was established in 1995 to facilitate and enhance coordination, cooperation, and the development of partnerships among the wildlife agencies of the three countries, and with other associated and interested entities, regarding programs and projects for the conservation and management of species and ecosystems of mutual interest in North America.

3. Goals:

The Trilateral Committee will pursue the following goals:

4. Objectives:
In cooperation with associated entities:
5. Membership:

The Trilateral Committee is headed by the Director General of the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Head of the International Affairs Coordination Unit (UCAI), of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT).

Major participants include: the Deputy Director of the US National Park Service (NPS-DOI); US Department of Agriculture-Forest Service (USDA-FS); US Department of State (DOS); US Geological Service (USGS-DOI); the President of the National Institute of Ecology of Mexico (INE); the President of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP); Mexico’s Direction General for Wildlife (DGVS), Mexico’s National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), and Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA). The Trilateral Committee welcomes and encourages participation from other interested entities in the three countries.

Partnerships: Formal invitations to other entities to participate are issued by each Head of Delegation in-country.
6. Structure:
The work of the Trilateral Committee is implemented by six working tables:

Each working table is co-chaired by one representative from each country. (See Annex I for Instructions for Working Table Co-Chairs.)

In addition, a Coordinating Committee, composed of representatives from each of three countries, assists with the organization of the annual meeting and the preparation of agendas and Action Item Reports.

7. Role of the Executive Table:
The Executive Table has the following functions:
8. Country Chair:
The chair rotates among the wildlife agencies of the three countries on an annual basis. The functions of the Country Chair include:
9. Meetings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 1


Day 2

Day 3


Day 4

(NTE 4 hours)
Noon (NTE 2 hours)

Day 5

10. Decision-Making Procedures:
The Trilateral Committee works on the basis of consensus.
11. Access to Information:
All documents, recommendations and other outputs of the Trilateral Committee will be made publicly available through the Trilateral’s website (
12. Follow-up Mechanism:

Action Items produced by the tables, serve as annual work plans. Co-chairs complete the Action Items Reports. These reports are to be reviewed by the tables at the annual meeting, as the first agenda item.

13. Official Language:
English and Spanish. Translation at the tables is provided by Committee members proficient in these languages. Agenda and Action Item Reports shall be produced in the official language of the host country and shall be translated by the Coordinating Committee to be disseminated in both languages.
Annex I
Instructions for Working Table Co-Chairs

The responsibilities of the Co-chairs include the following:

2 Translators
Annex II

Procedures for Organizing the Annual Meeting

Planning Schedule for the Trilateral Annual Meeting
Month 1

Host of previous year’s meeting distributes new AIP to parties

Months 2, 3 & 4

Implementation of action items

Months 5 & 6
Agenda development
Month 7

Co-chairs and TCC conference calls to discuss AIP and draft agendas

Month 8

Working table Co-chairs submit first draft agendas to TCC

Month 9

Final agendas are submitted to the TCC

Month 10

Final agendas adopted.

Previous year’s AIR submitted to the TCC

Month 11
Final preparations for the annual meeting
Month 12
Annual meeting
1AIP = Action Items Plan
2AIR = Action Items Report
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