Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee

for Wildlife and Ecosystem

Conservation and Management







United States

Melida Tajbakhsh, USFWS

Jean Schlegel, USFWS

Santiago Gonzalez, USFWS

Jeff Flocken, USFWS

Jay Roberson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

Carrie Robertson, Bat Conservation International

William Carroll Muffett, Defenders of Wildlife

Annie Simpson, USGS


Irene Pisanty, INE

Jose Maria Reyes, DGVS

Alfonso Martinez, SEMARNAT

Eduardo Peters, INE



ISSUE: Review of table operations

Action: This table will adopt the new format for submitting agenda items.


ISSUE: Presentation of the 2000-2002 Wildlilfe Without Borders- Mexico report

Action: The report was not ready for distribution.  USFWS will send report to INE in June 2003.


ISSUE: Delivery to SEMARNAT the 2003-2004 grant agreements


ISSUE: Discussion of the 2003 Diplomado for Mexican managers

This is a high priority project for both countries. 

Action: The table has decided that the 2004 diplomado will address ecological restoration and the development of the curricula will begin shortly.

Recommendation: The table recommends to the Executive table that they travel to Valle de Bravo in October 2003 to present the diplomas to the graduating class.


ISSUE: Discussion of elks projects

Requests for wildlife from Mexico to U.S. state agencies: how to ensure that requests are endorsed by federal authorities in Mexico?

Action: State agencies are encouraged to present cross-border reintroduction or translocation projects, or any other project that involves the transportation of wildlife and/or wildlife samples, to the Trilateral so that the Trilateral can provide assistance.


ISSUE: Review status of 2002 projects (expire May 2003) and develop a joint monitoring and evaluation plan for 2003

Action: FWS will send a list of mid-term and final reports received.  INE will inform FWS if missing reports.  FWS will contact grantee and request missing report sent to INE.

Action: At each Trilateral the Table will review the list of projects from the previous fiscal year and decide which should be evaluated jointly.


The diplomado project for custom agents is of high priority for both countries.  We expect to be able to continue to support it.  DGVS indicated that this project should not only focus on stopping illegal trade, but should also expidite the legal trade.  It was suggested that SAGARPA should be invited to attend training to expedite the permit process.

Action: INE will closely monitor the Diplomado for PROFEPA custom agents. 


Action: Both agencies agree to conduct a joint site visit of the Pino Gordo Reserve in the Tahaumaras in the fall of 2003 to evaluate if it will be funded again.  This project is a priority for both countries and will provide info. To update MX’s national program for recovery of species (PREP’s). 

Action: ISLA, A.C. (2-G194) Project for the protection of seabirds in the Baja peninsula is a high priority for Mexico due to the need to protect the fragile gulf ecosystems and seabird populations.  INE will monitor the results of the project and will decide if is a priority for next cycle.


Action: The ALTERNARE monarch butterfly project is a high priority for both countries.  Both INE and FWS will meet jointly with ALTERNARE to discuss the future of the project.


Action: INE will do an assessment of the UNORCA project for the training of promoters in natural resource management (2-G198) and inform FWS if the project should continue to be funded.

Action: INE will conduct a site visit for the Sendero Verde, A.C. and decide if it is a priority project for future funding.

Action: The CAMPESINO project is a high priority for both countries.  This project’s training program and internal expertise in assessment, training and production of materials should be expanded to benefit other local training projects.

Action: The Bat Conservation International project materials should be made available at as many international forums as possible, including next year’s Trilateral and the Children’s Museum in Mexico.  FWS will discuss an outreach and dissemination plan for inclusion in next year’s BCI proposal.

Action: FWS will discuss future funding needs with San Diego Natural History Museum for their training project in the Baja California peninsula.


ISSUE: U.S. state agencies present evaluation activities and plans

Action: USFWS will send INE a copy of the schedule of monitoring visits to be conducted by state agencies.


ISSUE: Priorities for the 2004-2005 funding cycle

Action: INE will give FWS the priorities for Mexico before the deadline for the 2004 funding cycle (August 1).  Both countries would like to encourage projects that combine NGO and government resources, or projects that build government capacity.


ISSUE: Review funding process (project selection, grant preparation, new format, timetable)

Action: Mexico will consider adopting the US ranking sheet to unify selection criteria.


ISSUE: Status of the Borderlands Act of 2003


ISSUE: 10- year joint evaluation of the program

Action:  The two countries will continue to discuss the potential for cataloging 10 years worth of projects and disseminating them throughout Mexico.


ISSUE: 10th anniversary of the program in 2004 (events, activities, products)

Action: At the next joint proposal review FWS and INE will bring proposals for the activities to be conducted for the 10-year anniversary.