The new environmental cooperation agreement under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (CUSMA), which went into effect on July 1, 2020, is a significant step forward in advancing environmental protection across the North American continent. The CUSMA environmental cooperation agreement builds on the environmental provisions previously included in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and includes several new elements designed to enhance cooperation and collaboration between the three countries.
One of the key features of the new CUSMA environmental cooperation agreement is the establishment of a dedicated Environmental Cooperation Commission (ECC), which serves as the primary body responsible for implementing and overseeing the environmental provisions of the agreement. The ECC will be composed of representatives from all three countries and will meet regularly to discuss environmental issues and best practices.
The CUSMA agreement also includes a number of specific commitments aimed at reducing air and water pollution, protecting wildlife and biodiversity, and promoting sustainable development. For example, the agreement requires all three countries to effectively enforce their environmental laws and regulations, and to take action to address environmental challenges such as climate change and ocean acidification.
Another important aspect of the CUSMA environmental cooperation agreement is the inclusion of a new chapter on environmental goods and services. This chapter promotes the development and trade of environmentally friendly products and technologies, which could help to reduce pollution and support sustainable economic growth across the continent.
Overall, the CUSMA environmental cooperation agreement represents a significant step forward in advancing environmental protection and sustainable development across North America. By establishing a dedicated Environmental Cooperation Commission and committing to specific actions and policies to reduce pollution and promote sustainable development, the three countries can work together to protect the environment and ensure a healthy and prosperous future for all.