U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Monica Medina and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for Environment and Natural Resources Kelly Milton are representing the United States on the 14th assembly of the United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) Environmental Affairs Council (EAC).
CAFTA-DR Parties work collectively to strengthen environmental safety, successfully implement environmental legal guidelines, and promote public participation for environmental decision-making, in accordance with Environment Chapter obligations. Priorities embody combatting the unlawful commerce of wildlife; conserving tropical forests; tackling the local weather disaster; stemming unlawful, unreported, and unregulated fishing; enhancing air high quality; enhancing strong waste administration; selling public entry to environmental data; and rising civil society’s information of environmental legal guidelines.
Costa Rica’s Ministry for the Environment and Energy will host the digital assembly. The EAC will evaluate implementation of the CAFTA-DR Environment Chapter and related environmental cooperation actions. It may also analyze the work of the CAFTA-DR Secretariat for Environmental Matters to advertise environmental monitoring, public participation in environmental decision-making, and environmental consciousness. The EAC will host an open session to reply questions from the general public. The theme for the general public session is “Public Participation in Environmental Matters in CAFTA-DR Countries.”