Environmental Commission Announces NAPECA Grant Recipients

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Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017 7:20 pm | Updated: 10:24 am, Wed Dec 6, 2017.

MONTREAL -- The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation announced funding for nine innovative local projects under its North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action grant program.

NAPECA supports small, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations in Canada, Mexico and the United States that work closely with local communities and indigenous groups to create a shared sense of responsibility for stewardship of the environment.

For 2017–2018, the CEC Council members, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, agreed on Innovation and Partnerships for Green Growth as the focus for the current NAPECA grant cycle. Selected initiatives will help advance environmentally responsible economic development while decreasing pressure on natural resources and promoting more sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

Work on the projects that have been awarded funding will begin in early December 2017. Projects span different North American ecoregions and support communities’ environmental efforts, from communities around Lake Winnipeg, to remote areas in Quebec, to schools in Florida, to the Mayan forests and Lake Pátzcuaro in Mexico.

A trilateral selection committee decided on nine projects from almost 300 proposals. The projects selected meet the Council’s strategic objectives to support model environmental initiatives that help build long-term partnerships to improve environmental conditions at the community, indigenous, local and regional levels. They include active community involvement, an emphasis on promoting partnerships and a sound implementation plan with measurable objectives that can be achieved within the time-frame of NAPECA support.

The projects will be conducted by a diverse set of NGOs, environmental groups, community-based associations, academic institutions, and groups representing Tribal nations, and indigenous peoples and communities.

The NAPECA projects address such environmental issues as preventing pollution through the implementation of innovative sustainable agriculture practices for healthier land and waterway management, transferring innovative technology for community-based monitoring, and providing technical assistance for local indigenous communities to preserve and commercialize native maize species through niche markets. Others address connecting green-minded people and businesses through innovative technology, and preserving agro-ecological patterns of food production and distribution based on Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Several of the NAPECA projects are oriented toward helping tribal or indigenous communities improve their local environment.

SOURCE: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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