Canada-US agreement on cooperation in environmental science and technology
Official title: Memorandum of Understanding between the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America and the Department of the Environment of Canada Concerning Cooperation in Research, Development and Demonstrations in Science and Technology Related to Environmental Protection
- Subject category:
- Environmental Cooperation
- Type of agreement / instrument:
- Canada - United States
- Memorandum of Understanding
- Signed by Canada April 7, 1997
- Ratified by Canada April 7, 1997
- In force in Canada April 7, 1997
- In force internationally April 7, 1997
- Lead & partner departments:
- Environment and Climate Change Canada and the US Environmental Protection Agency
- For further information:
- Compendium edition:
- February 2017
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The objective of this agreement is to engage in Cooperative Research, Development and Demonstrations in Science and Technology Related to Environmental Protection.
The agreement requires that the parties develop a program of cooperation in research, development and demonstrations relating to technologies, systems and methods for pollution prevention, monitoring, assessment and control through joint and parallel projects.
This agreement is expected to achieve the sharing of information, technology and techniques; workshops and conferences; temporary assignments of personnel from one Party to the other; or such other mechanisms for cooperation as may be agreed upon.
This agreement is important to Canada because it allows for the sharing of new information and knowledge on environmental protection and the leveraging of resources to deliver on mutually beneficial areas of research. The cooperative nature of this activity will be particularly beneficial when responding to cross-border environmental emergencies and events.
Results / Progress
Field tests and demonstrations of pollution prevention, control and monitoring equipment;
Development of pollution prevention, control and monitoring equipment for destruction, treatment, control, and/or disposal of hazardous and other waste;
Development of programs in areas of increasing priority such as: global change and related emissions modelling and mitigation; pollution prevention and related clean technology programs; municipal solid waste disposal methodologies, including the disposal of sludge and other residues; biotechnology and bioengineering control; and contaminated sediment remediation; and
Such other areas of mutual interest relating to environmental protection, upon which the Parties may mutually concur.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, these activities have included security related science activities including decontamination and restoration.
Results of the research activities are reported in scientific journal papers, workshop or conference proceedings, and individual project reports (e.g. Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) reports). Many of the studies are published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of: Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response;
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