VIII Meeting of the Canada/Mexico/USA

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife & Ecosystem Conservation and Management

 

 

 

 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

April 28 - May 2, 2003

 

 

 

 

 ACTION  ITEMS  REPORT

2002-03

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2003

 

 

 


This report describes progress regarding those action items identified by the working tables as priorities at the 7th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/USA Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management which took place in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, on April 23-25, 2002. 

 

EXECUTIVE  WORKING TABLE

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time frame

 

Date Completed

 

Resolve the placement of Wetlands issues within the existing Working Tables

 

Executive Co-chairs

 

at Meeting

 

On 3/03, at Mexico=s request, wetlands issues were officially transferred to the Protected Areas table.

 

Review calendars and propose dates for the first CEC Biodiversity Conservation Working Group Meeting

 

Executive Co-Chairs

 

Mid-May

 

The 1st meeting of the BCWG took place in Canada on 07/02.

 

Request Hans Hermann, CEC Biodiversity Program, provide background material as soon as available

 

Executive Co-Chairs

 

at Meeting

 

Co-Chairs requested briefing materials. 

H. Herrmann provided.

 

Tri-national review of NABCI MOU to be followed with proposals for date and mechanism for the ministers to sign MOU

 

Executive Co-Chairs

 

pending national reviews of proposed MOU

 

MOU has not being signed - this issue will be re-visited at the 2003 meeting.

 

Consider structure of next Trilateral meeting to include 1-day thematic session on invasives B alternatives include add an extra day or reduce time allotted to Working Tables

 

Executive Co-Chairs

 

Before next Trilateral meeting

 

A plenary session on Invasives will take place at the 2003 Trilateral meeting.  Working Tables will communicate more during the year.

 

 

Consider changes to current meeting structure to include incorporating thematic sessions, strengthening inter-sessional work, reducing time allocated to Tables.

 

Executive Co-Chairs

 

Before next Trilateral meeting

 

A thematic session-to change each year has been incorporated into the Trilateral Committee=s structure.

 

Mexico will informally consult with US on any new data pertinent to reconsideration of a listing change for Moreletti=s Crocodile and submit formal request when sufficient new data warrants such action

 

Mexico

 

Ongoing

Formal request submission pending sufficient new data

 

 

Pending formal request submission, US will maintain regular contact with Mexico on progress of listing action

 

USA

 

Ongoing

 

 

North American approach to Ramsar budget negotiation will be to remain with the proposed 15% increase and withdraw support if NGO partners do not agree

 

North American Ramsar representatives

 

May Ramsar meeting

 

 

 

Encourage Protected Areas Table to include a US-Mexico Ramsar Site Managers exchange on their Working Table agenda

 

Executive Co-Chairs

 

before next Trilateral meeting

 

Wetlands Training for Mexican personnel will be addressed at the 2003 meeting of the Trilateral Committee.

The US agreed to check on the status of genetic analysis of the Mexican wolf specimen

US Co-Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKING TABLE

 

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time frame

 

Date Completed

 

Open NAWEG=s issues to public participation through its internet web page

 

All

 

Ongoing

 

 

Keep training exchange program with financial support, when possible, from the CEC

 

NAWEG members

 

dependent on participating institution=s training schedule

 

Will depend on funding available [report submitted by Mexico]

 

Keep CEC informed on training exchange activities

 

NAWEG members

 

Ongoing

 

 

NAWEG will proceed with Protected Plants Seminar

 

Seminar leads - Richard Charette- Canada; Jose Bernal B Mexico; Richard Marks B US

Mexico to prepare logistical proposal to host seminar

 

mid May - Logistical  proposal prepared

 

Meeting on Flora held in Jalapa, Veracruz on 2/25-28/03

 

Prepare a budget proposal for Plants Seminar and request necessary increase to 2003 NAWEG budget

 

CEC, with NAWEG support

 

mid May

 

 

Minor edits to be made to NAWEG Strategic Plan, then translated into French and Spanish

 

Edits B Canada, Yvan Lafleur

Translation B Canada and Mexico

 

Edits due May 15, 2002

 

 

Participate in INTERPOL meetings and keep NAWEG members informed on issues discussed

 

Canada, Yvan Lafleur, on behalf of NAWEG

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CITES WORKING TABLE

 

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time frame

 

Date Completed

 

Continue to have CITES Scientific Authorities meetings in conjunction with Trilateral

 

CITES authorities

 

Ongoing as required

 

Non applicable

this year [reported by Mexico]

 

Continue regular and full consultation on CITES issues among the countries of the North American Region, especially in preparation for COP 12

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

Ongoing

 

Accomplished [reported by Mexico]

 

Discuss the conclusions of the Working Group to Revise the Criteria for Amendment at proposed preparatory North American Regional CITES meeting; develop a unified position

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

Once COP 12 documents have been received

 

Accomplished [reported by Mexico]

 

Canada and the US will sent comments via email on the PROFEPA proposal concerning protocols for repatriation of confiscated specimens

 

Canada and US representatives

 

At the Regional CITES meeting for NA [reported by Mexico]

 

Accomplished [reported by Mexico]

 

PROFEPA will revise the proposal to discuss at a future trilateral meeting

 

PROFEPA

 

Upon receipt of comments from Canada and the US

 

 

Put transborder movement of scientific research samples on agenda of CITES regional meeting

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

by North American Regional CITES meeting

 

 

Share information on meeting of cactologists in Mexico following Plant Committee meeting

 

Mexico to inform Canada and US

 

After meeting

 

Accomplished [report submitted by Mexico]


 

Suggest changes in NA regional representation to CITES Committees post COP and seek approval of respective governments

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

 

Proposed composition after COP 12:

Standing Committee B US (Canada alternate)

Animals Committee B Mexico (US alternate)

Plants Committee B Canada (Mexico alternate)

 

Review final draft of regional reports to CITES Committees prior to being submitted to the Secretariat

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

As reports are produced

 

Ongoing [report submitted by Mexico]

 

Consult on date and location of next regional meeting, Mexico to explore possibility of holding meeting in Mexico, September or October

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

 

Conducted in Puebla in October 2002 [report submitted by Mexico]

 

Communicate via e-mail on COP 12 issues

 

CITES representatives of Canada, US and Mexico

 

Ongoing

 

Ongoing [report submitted by Mexico]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MIGRATORY BIRDS

        

 

 

Action

 

 

Who

 

 

Time frame

 

 

Date Completed

 

 

Items 1-4 refer to Mexican participation in NAWMP - especially the 2003 Update

1. Mexico will send two representatives as part of the follow-up team; more emphasis will be placed in resident birds in Mexico;

 

2. Mexico will participate in the 6/26-27 meeting in Ottawa, costs will be covered by the U.S. and Canada; Dr. Clemente (DGVS) will confirm committee participants (NAWMP and NSST) in May;

 

3. Mexico will report the names of their representatives to the Ottawa meeting in two weeks.

 

4.  DGVS will confirm if the follow-up meeting to modify the Plan will take place in Mexico in the fall of 2002

 

 

SEMARNAT

 

 

 

 

 

SEMARNAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEMARNAT

 

 

 

3 countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2002

 

 

 

Fall 2002

 

 

Mexico to provide response

 

 

 

 

 

 

MX - Funds not made available, MX did not attend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MX - January 2003, meeting held

 

 

Aquatic bird census= in Mexico

5.  DGVS to hold a meeting of the technical Committee in Mexico in the fall of 2002 (September/October) to discuss the Winter census and training activities for Mexicans. 

 

 

 

SEMARNAT

 

 

Fall 2002

 

 

 

MX - Did not occur

 





 

 

6.Post in the trilateral web page the procedures to obtain permits in Mexico; Jon Andrew will find out status of the permits for the Winter census in Mexico; DGVS (Eleazar Loa Loza) will meet with Aeronautica Civil to discuss procedures and invite to the workshop.

 

 

USFWS & DGVS

 

 

 

 

 

The permit issues have not yet been resolved, in part because the workshop did not occur

 

 

Item 7 deals with abundant / overabundant white goose species

 

7. The three countries will try to reach consensus on the status of the populations; Focal point will be Eduardo Carrera; Steve Wend will keep Mexico informed on future meetings to promote Mexico=s participation in management of Arctic geese.  Deadlines: May to December 2002.

 

 

3 COUNTRIES

 

 

May-December 2002

 

 

Canada / US coordination occurred through AGJV - MX not able to attend fall meeting of AGJV - US completion of  draft EIS; no current coordination issues among countries

 

 

8. CWS will send reports on sustainable harvest inventories to Mexico (DGVS)

 

 

 

CWS

 

 

 

 

 

(DGVS should be on the CWS mailing list for these reports - to verify that this is working, right address)

 

 

9. Canada and US will lend technical expertise to Mexico on lead poisoning (December 2002)

 

 

CWS USFWS & USGS (note - this should include USGS)

 

 

December 2002

 

 

See agenda 2003 - needs from Mexico require further definition

 

 

10. The next meeting of the NAWCC will take place in Victoria, British Columbia  in June 2002. Dr. Clemente will decide on Mexico=s participation.

 

 

 

SEMARNAT

 

 

June 2002

 

 

MX B Meeting held Dec 2002 in Mx

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

10. Pesticides on birds: Hold a workshop to prioritize recommendations issued by ABC (June 2002);

 

11.  The CEC has a contaminants program that could lend support; table co-chairs to officially establish this working group; the 3 countries to appoint representatives; develop a tri-national work plan (to include capacity building in Mexico); information should also be sent to Miguel Mora and Eduardo Carrera.  Contacts:  Eleazar Loa Loza (DGVS); Gary Donaldson-and Alain Baril (CWS); Cindy Perry (FWS

 

 

3 countries

 

 

 

 

 

3 countries

 

 

June 2002

 

 

MX B Mtg did not occur - CDA, US - carry this item over to 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  DGVS and USFWS will conduct an evaluation of the populations being exported from Mexico commercially.  A joint report will be presented at the next Trilateral meeting.  CWS will find out if imports have any legal ramifications in Canada.

 

 

 

DGVS & USFWS

 

 

MX B at the next Trilateral meeting

 

 

MX to report 2003 (Painted Bunting)

 

 

This item refers to Aincidental take@ of MB in activities such as forestry

13. CWS and USFWS will invite Mexico to meetings addressing CEC Article 14 issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWS and USFWS had 1 meeting - MX invited but did not have funds to attend - an attempt to include MX in teleconference that day failed - it was a MX national holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SHARED SPECIES WORKING TABLE

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time Frame

 

Date Completed

 

1. Leatherback/loggerhead turtles in the North AtlanticBCanada, the US and Mexico to identify and encourage representatives to attend NMFS technical conference in the Spring of 2003.

 

 

 

 

Ongoing [reported by Mexico]

 

 

2. PROFEPA will identify a representative in Mexico to work with DFO and NMFS on leatherback issues.

 

 

PROFEPA

 

 

 

 

3. Kemp=s ridley turtles-

Now that sea turtles are under DGVS, any questions from Canada and the US should be directed to Mauro Ivan Reyna.

 

USFWS, CWS

 

ongoing

 

 

 

4. 2nd Wider Caribbean Range States Hawksbill Sea Turtle meeting-

Mexico and the U.S. will continue coordination on this issue.  Mexico will inform the U.S. if they receive a proposal by Cuba to de-list Hawksbill.

 

SEMARNAT

 

 

ongoing - to develop a Regional Strategy [reported by Mexico]

 

 

5. 1ST COP of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection of Sea Turtles-

Canada is requested to attend the COP as an observer.  DFO will work with Canada=s Foreign Affairs Department to determine Canada=s position on signing and/or ratifying the Convention.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Gray whale mortality-

US (NMFS) to share contingency plans with Mexico (SEMARNAT and PROFEPA) and establish protocols for data sharing.

 

NMFS

 

ongoing [reported by Mexico]

 

 

 

7. Ocelot- USFWS to include New Mexico and Arizona state agencies in the recovery planning effort as appropriate.

 

USFWS

 

 

 





 

8. Sonoran pronghorn-

In 2002, obtain the necessary permits for a bi-national survey of pronghorn populations.

 

 

On 12/02, permits to conduct aerial census in Sonora were granted, in coordination with ADGF [reported by Mexico]

 

 

Ongoing [reported by Mexico]

 

9. US and Mexico to conduct assessment of unoccupied but potential habitat for re-introducing Sonoran pronghorn

 

USFWS, SEMARNAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Black-footed ferret- U.S. to establish formal communication with the Canadian contact(s)

 

USFWS

 

 

To obtain report from Ririk list [reported by Mexico]

 

11. Black-tailed prairie dog - Continued support and coordination of efforts between the U.S. and Mexico, and Canada regarding Black-tailed Prairie dog conservation efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  Contacts for information sharing should  be identified by each country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. The U.S. to involve the state of Chihuahua in recovery efforts as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Mexican Wolf - US will send Mexico official results of blood test

 

USFWS

 

 

 

Mexico is waiting for reports [reported by Mexico]

 

15. Thick-billed parrot - Establish contacts for the US and Mexico to discuss a combined proposal involving the appropriate parties.

 

 

 

Mexico is waiting for contact information

 

 

 

16. Plant species at risk which are of joint interest to be brought forward by Canada , US, and Mexico to the Shared Species Table.

 

DGVS/USFWS

 

Mexico is waiting for contact info.

 

 

 

17. Golden eagle - US to report on results of survey work, and identify collaboration opportunities with Mexico and Canada at the next trilateral.

 

UACH

 

Waiting UACH=s response

 

 

 

18. Bald Eagle - Mexico will contact Robert Mesta (US) and Steve Wendt (Canada) respecting continued opportunities for collaboration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. Eagle-feather transport - Direccion General de Vida Silvestre (Mexico) will coordinate with other agencies in Mexico to develop a mechanism to facilitate cross-border eagle feather transport once information on the nature of transport needs is received from Canada and the US

 

Mauro Reyna (Mexico-DGVS)

 

Mexican legislation dictates guidelines regulate transport within Mexico [reported by Mexico]

 

Mexico informed on these guidelines [reported by Mexico]

 

20. Susan Jewell to identify a contact person in the US for Pat Dwyer (Canada)

 

Susan Jewell (US)

 

 

 

 

 

21. Light-footed clapper rail - US to send proposal to Mexico detailing project plans.  A Mexican contact will be identified in Baja California.

 

USFWS

SEMARNAT

 

 

 

 

 

22. Mid-year meeting in October - CITES and Shared Spp Tables to coordinate on a common time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION TABLE

 

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time frame

 

Date Completed

 

 

A0  Trilateral Website

 

 

 

Distribute information to each table Co-Chair describing on how to designate a Table Vontent Manager and how to set up Table pages

 

U.S.

 

April 25 2002

 

Accomplished at the VII meeting [reported by Mexico]

 

Collect reports of all Tables for V, VI and VII Trilateral meetings, produce French versions, and send them to the U.S. (in plain MS Word) for posting to web site.

 

Canada

 

October 31 2002

 

Done

 

Create a template for individual Table homepages. Extract form each Trilateral meeting report the report of each Table and post it to the respective Table's page. Each page will have a clean homepage; the onliy hoy link will be to those reports

 

U.S.

 

October 31, 2002

 

Done

 

Send riminder to Canada and Mexico to send to the United States the formatted documents (reports) form Meetings V - VII to post on respective Tables' pages

 

U.S.

 

July 31,  2002

 

Done

 

Encourage organizers of Trilateral meetings to use Trilat web site. Request next year's host to use the web site instead of email for agenda prparation, on-line registration, dissemination of meeting and hotel information, and other meeting support activities well in advance of the meetings.

 

U.S.

 

October 31, 2002

 

The Web-page was used as an information outlet during the organization of the VIII Meeting





 

Provide a report to the Biodiversity Information Table on web site use statistics: number of hits, from which domain, etc.

 

U. S.

 

June 30, 2002

 

 

Add links from the Biodiversity Information Table page to SEMARNAT, CONABIO REMIB, CBIN, NBII, NABIN, IABIN, GBIF and CHM

 

U.S.

 

October 31, 2002

 

Done

 

Request CONABIO, Environment Canada and USFWS to create links to the Trilateral web site form their agency web sites

 

Co-Chairs

 

July 31, 2002

 

Done

 

Explore with the CEC the development of a prototype for incorporating additional functionally on the BIT Table page

 

CEC (Carlos Valdéz) and Co-Chairs

 

December 31 2002

 

 

 

B. Information sharing session on biodiversity information networks

 

 

Update BIT during VII Trilateral meeting on integration of REMIB and Species Analyst

 

Mexico

 

VIII Meeting

 

Carry over to the 2003 Trilateral meeting [reported by Mexico]

 

Provide presentation on IABIN to the Trilat site content manager for posting on BIT pages

 

U.S.

 

May 31, 2002

 

Done

 

Provide presentation on NABIN to the Trilat site content manager for posting on BIT pages

 

NABIN (Carlos Valdéz)

 

May 31, 2002

 

Done

 

 

C. Invasive species discussion

 

 

Post the I3N presentation to the BIT table page

 

U.S.

 

May 31, 2002

 

Done

 

 

D. Joint session on Invasive Spp

 

 

The BIT will arrange for an Invasive Species session of half to one full day's duration at the next meeting of the Trilateral. The BIT Co-Chairs will work with the Co-Chairs of all other Working Tables to develop an appropriate agenda, arrange for speakers, etc., to that session.

 

Co-Chairs

 

February 3, 2003

 

The BIT will facilitate this session at the VIII Trilateral Committee meeting [reported by Mexico]

 


PROTECTED AREAS TABLE

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time Frame

 

Date Completed

 

1. The 3 countries will apply the agreed upon criteria in identifying up to 6 pilot sister-protected areas.

 

USA

Canada

Mexico

 

09/01/02

 

 

Ongoing [reported by Mexico]

 

2. The 3 countries will convene a meeting of managers of the selected protected areas under the auspices of the CEC in 11/02.  The meeting will take place in the US.

 

USA

Canada

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

3. All 3 countries will share information on training and capacity building opportunities and needs.  Subsequently, all 3 countries will identify specific interests and needs for training and will work on facilitating the realization of the training.  Al 3 countries will pursue necessary funding.

 

 

 USA

Canada

Mexico

 

05/30/02

 

 

4. Mexico will follow up with Texas Wildlife to identify additional training opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. All 3 countries will share information on protected areas infrastructure including prototypes, clean and low cost technologies, as well as maintenance costs.

 

USA

Canada

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. All 3 countries will review status of existing broader country level agreements for fire and other emergency management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. All 3 countries will try to facilitate the opportunity for specialized training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. All 3 countries will nominate individuals to a monarch butterfly working group that will report to the Protected Areas Table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing [reported by Mexico}

 

9. Seek the necessary support from the CEC to organize a meeting with protected area managers ans specialists aimed to standardize monitoring criteria and methodologies.

 

 

 

 

 

10. USA will distribute copies of publications arising from the Morelia and Kansas meetings held in 1997 and 2001 respectively.

 

 

 

 

Done 05/02

 

11. Canada will work with WWF Canada in focussing a fund raising campaign in support of the Monarch Butterfly Trust Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Mexico will continue as the Web master for the Monarch Web page.

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

13 All 3 countries will provide information (science, monarch watch, general information) for this web site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. All 3 countries will share information on ecotourism, including upcoming conferences, training opportunities and individual approaches.

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico forwarded information [reported by Mexico]

 

15. The table recommends that other Agencies with responsibilities for protected areas be invited to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

NPS, NMFS, EPA, and AID will participate in this table at the 2003 meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WILDLIFE WITHOUT BORDERS-MEXICO WORKING TABLE

 

 

 

Action

 

Who

 

Time frame

 

Date Completed

 

1. PROFEPA will inform the USFWS the name of the administrator organization that will implement the APROFEPA Diplomado@ project so that USFWS can make changes in current Grant Agreement.

 

PROFEPA

 

06/28/02

 

06/28/02 - CONABIO will act as  the administrating organization for this project.

 

2. Consider the habitat conservation approach as high priority when funding projects

 

 

USFWS, SEMARNAT

 

During the project selection process that runs from August to December, 2002.

 

10/02 - This approach was considered when selecting projects during the 2002 funding cycle.

 

3. All project will be submitted to USFWS in the US and INE in Mexico.

 

 

USFWS, SEMARNAT

 

During the project selection process that runs from August to December, 2002.

 

08/02 - All 2002-03 proposals were submitted to both agencies.

 

4. Regarding possible adjustments to the program=s Request for Proposals, SEMARNAT, US State Agencies, and NFWF will review the RFP and provide input to USFWS by September for the next funding cycle.

 

SEMARNAT, NFWF

 

 

04-09/02

 

Not all input received.  Will re-visit this issue at the 2003 Trilateral meeting.

 

5. USFWS will update the RFP to includes INE=s new address.

 

USFWS

 

37656

 

 

Accomplished

 

6. INE will provide USFWS with an assessment and recommendations regarding the funding of the masters= degree programs.

 

INE

 

37656

 

 

Accomplished- Master=s degree programs will not be funded by WWB-MX until further re-evaluation of their cost-effectiveness.





 

7. Link USFWS to SEMARNAT webpage for easy access of the RFP in Mexico.

 

 

USFWS, SEMARNAT

 

37656

 

Need to verify if this has been accomplished.  Re-visit the issue at the 2003 Trilateral meeting.

 

8. USFWS to send INE copies of proposals for past diplomado projects.

 

USFWS

 

37655

 

Accomplished

 

 

9. INE to send new proposal for a Adiplomado@ project in 08/01/02.

 

INE

 

37681

 

 

Accomplished- Project funded-2003-04 Funding cycle.

 

10. US agencies will provide INE with capability statements regarding in-house technical expertise that can be useful for the diplomado project.

 

US Agencies

 

37656

 

Not entirely  accomplished. Re-visit the issue

at the 2003 Trilateral Committee meeting.

 

11.  USFWS to request information from NFWF on how to channel USG Federal Funds to Mexican grantees more efficiently.

 

USFWS

 

37656

 

Accomplished-Grantees will be encouraged to use electronic Fed-Wire System.