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Working Tables

At annual meetings more than one hundred representatives from over 30 organizations from the three countries address a broad array of biodiversity priority issues in six currently active working tables: CITES, Ecosystem Conservation, Executive, Law Enforcement, Migratory Birds, and Species of Common Conservation Concern.

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

-Chief Seattle, Suquamish and Duwamish Native American Tribes, Washington State, USA


Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)

This table coordinates preparation for the meetings of CITES Parties, as well as for technical committees and working groups. This table also considers wildlife trade issues related to shared species, species of concern of individual members, and other signiicant species potentially impacted by international trade.

Ecosystem Conservation Working Table

This table and its predecessors have worked together to advance an ecosystem-based approach to conservation, focusing in particular on opportunities for transboundary cooperation in the planning and management of terrestrial and marine protected areas and on wetlands and grassland conservation.

Executive Working Table

The Executive Working Table provides overall guidance and oversight. The Trilateral Committee has been subject to an evolutionary process that has produced the current tables' format which incorporates many former topics as well as new ones.

Law Enforcement Working Table

The Trilateral Committee’s Law Enforcement Working Table, also known as NAWEG, coordinates different aspects of wildlife law enforcement, acting as a mechanism for technical and information exchange with other organizations, in particular with the NACEC.

Migratory Birds Working Table

This table provides a forum for the three governments to focus their efforts on: implementation of the migratory bird treaties (between Canada and the U.S. and between the U.S. and Mexico); promoting linkages among bird conservation partners; facilitating and enhancing 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 of migratory birds

Species of Common Conservation Concern Working Table

This table facilitates dialogue between North American resource managers, allowing them to learn from each other's experience. This is enriched by the participation of state natural resource agencies and non-governmental organizations.


  • Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico
  • Biodiversity Information
  • Protected Areas
  • Indigenous Peoples and Management of Natural Resources
  • US Intergovernmental
  • Sustainable Use
  • Understanding Biodiversity
  • Sea Turtles
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Borderlands
  • Border XXI