Meeting of Contact Points of the Environmental Cooperation Program of DR-CAFTA.

Date: 13 – 16 of November 2018.

Place: Petén, Guatemala.

Main objective of the activity:

Within the framework of the free trade agreement between the United States and the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic, an environmental chapter is established which inspired the countries to collaborate on a common agenda in favor to strengthen their environmental legislation and promoted public participation in this ambit. With this objective, the delegates of the environmental agencies and trade of each of the signatory countries of the treaty meet with the objective of reviewing current and future activities, and analyzing lessons learned, challenges and next steps. This meeting is also attended by representatives of the implementing agencies responsible for executing a variety of projects that are part of the environmental agenda. They present to government representatives the progress of their projects in each of their countries.

Institutions and participating authorities:

Representatives of the environmental and commercial agencies of the member countries of DR-CAFTA (Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic). Among the implementation agencies, were present: COCATRAM, Helvetas Guatemala, OSPESCA, Secretariat of Environmental Affairs (SAA), United States Forest Service (USFS), WCS, WWF, among other local agencies invited to make thematic presentations.