Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee

for Wildlife and Ecosystem

Conservation and Management

 

EXECUTIVE WORKING TABLE

Summary

 

PARTICIPANTS:

United States

William Brakel, U.S. Embassy- Mexico City

Karen Clark, USDOI

Sharon Cleary, NPS

Jim deVos, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Daniel Evans, U.S. AID- Mexico

Jeff Flocken, USFWS

H. Dale Hall, USFWS

Geoffrey Haskett, USFWS

Marshall Jones, USFWS

Durand Jones, NPS

Rebecca Lent, NOAA Fisheries

Donald MacLauchlan, IAFWA

Sandra Morey, California Dept. of Fish and Game

Bruce Morrison, Nebraska Game and Parks

Ismael Nava, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Howard Ness, NPS

Herbert Raffaele, USFWS

Dana Roth, U.S. Department of State

Duane Shroufe, Arizona Game & Fish Department

Steve Williams, USFWS (Co-Chair)

Canada

Carolina Caceres, CWS

John Herity, Environment Canada

Trevor Swerdfager, CWS (Co-Chair)

Mary Villianatos, CWS

 

Mexico

Laura Arriaga, CONABIO

Flavio Chazaro Ramirez, CONANP

Ernesto Enkerlin, CONANP

Exequiel Ezcurra, INE (Co-Chair)

Amalia Lelo de Larrea, UCAI, SEMARNAT

Israel Nenuez Birrueta, UCAI, SEMARNAT

Georgita Ruiz Michael, DGVS, SEMARNAT

Irene Pisanty Baruch, INE

Diana Ponce, PROFEPA

 

ISSUE: Treatment of wetlands at Trilateral- 2 components: NAWMA and Ramsar

Mexico proposed to divide components between Migratory Birds and Protected Areas

Resolution: Protected Areas table will discuss Ramsar wetlands convention and the Migratory Birds table will discuss all other wetlands issues

 

ISSUE: Country updates

The three countries provided updates on current activities

 

ISSUE: CITES table report

There was a discussion of strategic voting in North America and possibly the Western Hemisphere –coordination through Mexico

Action: Mexico agreed to serve as a bridge to LAC countries to find common ground on CITES issues

 

ISSUE: Report on Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 8th COP, Valencia, Spain in Nov. 2002.

 

ISSUE: NABCI

Canada suggested the importance of combined bird planning/No immediate action

MOU –all countries favorable on signing and would like to arrange for signing in conjunction with the CEC Council meeting in June

Action: Mexico prepared to look into the possibility of getting an NGO to host a reception to provide publicity for trinational cooperation

Action: U.S. will explore possibility of Secretary of the Interior signing

 

ISSUE: CEC allocation of funds

Action: The Executive table agreed to create a group to draft a statement for the Trilateral to sign regarding an increase in CEC allocation of funds for biodiversity conservation.  The statement was drafted, reviewed, and approved for preparation as a letter to the CEC Council in June.

 

ISSUE: U.S. State Agencies’ report and update on the Borderlands Act of 2003

 

ISSUE: Condor reintroduction program report

 

ISSUE: Invasive Species

The Executive Table endorses the following recommendations/ Action Items submitted by the Biodiversity Information Working Group:

Action: An Invasive Species workshop will be conducted in conjunction with the next Trilateral to take place in Canada in 2004.  The Executive Table will appoint a Steering Committee.  The workshop will: (a) focus on invasive species issues of priority concern to the conservation community; (b) consider aspects of a North American Strategy related to conservation issues as the purpose of the workshop; and (c) focus on a few specific issues.

Action: Revisit the question of creating an Invasive Species table, based on the re-structuring currently under consideration.

Action: Initiate a project under the Trilateral Committee to address the threats from the rapid spread of the cactus moth.  This project could include modeling and surveillance in coastal protected areas and public education.

Action: The Executive table will consider other potential projects related to invasive species posing potentially major threats to ecosystems and native species: West Nile virus effects on migratory birds, emerald ash borer, chronic wasting disease, tamarisk, Asian carp and leafy spurge.

Action: The creation of a web page on invasive species as part of the Trilateral web site.   The page will provide links to information sources from each country.

 

ISSUE: Guadalupe Island conservation plan

Mexico highlighted the importance of restoring the natural ecosystems of this island and invited participation in these efforts.

 

ISSUE: Trilateral Committee Structure

Mexico presented some preliminary proposals for discussion.

Action: It was agreed to create a task group to consider these suggestions and develop recommendations for consideration by the Executive Committee.  If practical, this will be prepared prior to a possible meeting of the Executive Committee in July.  It is intended that the new restructuring can be finalized in time for implementation at the next Trilateral Committee.

 

ISSUE: Expansion of Trilateral Participation

Action: It was agreed that the Executive Committee will prepare a statement inviting other agencies responsible for the management of ecosystems and protected areas to participate actively in the Trilateral Committee.  Mexico will take the lead in drafting the document.

 

ISSUE: Ten-Year Anniversary (2005–Mexico)

Action: Consideration of this matter was designated to the re-structuring task group.  Suggestions for consideration included presenting a history of the Trilateral, its accomplishments, preparing a book of conservation successes, and the presentation of special recognitions.


Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee

for Wildlife and Ecosystem

Conservation and Management

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION FOR CONSIDERATION

 

 

THE CANADA/MEXICO UNITED STATES TRILATERAL COMMITTEE FOR WILDLIFE AND ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT HAS LONG RECOGNIZED THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION THAT THE NORTH AMERICAN COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION (NACEC) HAS MADE FOR NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION ON A CONTINENTAL LEVEL.  WE ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY FOR NORTH AMERICA THAT WILL GUIDE THE NACEC BIODIVERSITY PROGRAM OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.  THE TRILATERAL COMMITTEE, THEREFORE, URGES THE NACEC COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ALLOCATING INCREASED FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO MAXIMIZE THE BENEFITS THAT WILL DERIVE FROM IMPLEMENTING THIS LANDMARK DOCUMENT.

           

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR GENERAL

CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE

HEAD

COORDINATION UNIT OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

DIRECTOR

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

 

ENVIRONMENT CANADA

 

SEMARNAT

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 

 

/s/ Trevor Swerdfager

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Exiquiel Ezcurra

 

 

/s/ Steve Williams

TREVOR SWERDFAGER

DR. EZCURRA FOR DR. OLGA OJEDA CARDENAS

STEVE WILLIAMS