Canada-Honduras environmental cooperation agreement
Official title: Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Honduras
- Subject category:
- Environmental Cooperation
- Type of agreement / instrument:
- Legally-binding treaty
- Signed on November 5, 2013
- Ratified by Canada June 19, 2014
- In force in Canada October 1, 2014
- In force internationally October 1, 2014
- Lead & partner departments:
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Global Affairs Canada, Others (depending on cooperative activity)
- For further information:
- Web links:
- ECCC Inquiry Centre
- Compendium edition:
- January 2020
- Reference #:
Plain language summary
The Canada-Honduras Environmental Cooperation Agreement, signed in parallel to the Free Trade Agreement, is a legally binding mechanism for bilateral environmental cooperation. The Agreement requires both countries to encourage high levels of domestic environmental protection. Cooperative actives allow for policy dialogue and information exchange, which strengthens environmental protection in both countries. The implementation of the Canada–Honduras Environment Agreement is overseen by a Committee on the Environment, composed of officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Honduras’ Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment.
This Agreement commits both countries to encourage high levels of domestic environmental protection, to foster good environmental governance and to promote transparency and public participation. It also creates a framework for undertaking environmental cooperative activities.
Commitments to ensure high levels of environmental protection and effective enforcement of environmental laws.
A non-derogation clause that obligates the countries not to relax their environmental laws in order to encourage trade or investment.
A dispute resolution mechanism regarding obligations identified in the Agreement.
A commitment to maintain appropriate procedures to conduct environmental impact assessments, and allow for public participation in these procedures.
Provisions to ensure that interested persons can request the investigation of alleged violations of environmental laws.
A requirement for each country to designate a National Coordinating Officer for the Environment Agreement and establish a Committee on the Environment responsible for development and implementation of cooperative programs and activities.
A commitment to develop cooperative programs and activities, subject to available resources.
Facilitate collaboration between Canada and Honduras on environmental priorities, aimed at strengthening environmental protection.
Provide effective mechanisms to raise and resolve concerns about the effective enforcement of domestic environmental laws.
Environment and Climate Change Canada works with Honduras’ Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment to implement the Agreement, in partnership with external experts (including representatives of other government department/agencies, academics, private sector and NGOs) who may support collaborative activities.
Results / progress
The Committee on the Environment is required to meet as mutually decided by the countries (in order to discuss priority areas for cooperation, approve the bilateral work program consisting of cooperative projects, discuss implementation of projects, and share policy updates. The Committee on the Environment last met in March 2019.
The Committee on the Environment is required to prepare a summary record of meetings, in addition to reports and recommendations on bilateral activities.
There is also a requirement to consider undertaking a review of the implementation of the Agreement, within five years of its entry into force.
Recent cooperation has focused on: addressing climate change; working with traditional ecological knowledge holders to protect biodiversity; environmental impact assessment; and, enforcement of environmental laws.
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