BBEMA is pleased to announce that the organization was recently awarded an international Environmental funding grant by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) through the North
American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program that will help us to continue to work with islanders to conserve and protect PE aquatic habitats
March 4 2014 North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) official international Press Release:
The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), composed of the highest-level environmental authorities from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, today awarded $1.2 million in grants under CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program for 18 new projects that will support communities across North America in addressing environmental problems at the local level.
NAPECA grants will tackle a wide range of environmental challenges: In Canada, new work will begin on measuring carbon storage in temperate eelgrass and salt marsh habitats to support the restoration and conservation of these types of habitats; in the U.S., the benefits of solar energy will be brought to small, historically underserved communities in northern New Mexico, using renewable sources for energy production instead of fossil fuels; and in Mexico, remote communities in the Sierra Tarahumara will receive support to grow leafy greens locally throughout the year, thanks to bio-intensive management techniques and water catchment systems, thus improving the diet and ensuring food security.
The 18 projects were selected based on how significantly they were able to address community and North American environmental issues related to the CEC priorities for 2010–2015, their innovation and technical, methodological or scientific approaches, their replicability across the three countries, and their emphasis on producing clear and tangible results. The projects embody a broad base of hands-on groups and organizations, representing indigenous communities, community organizations, environmental groups, and academic institutions.
In 2010, CEC Council members—the environment ministers of the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries—created the NAPECA grant program to encourage innovative and model environmental initiatives at the community level in support of CEC priorities.
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This work at the community level will play an integral part in achieving CEC priorities to support healthy communities and ecosystems, encourage activities that address climate change through the transition to a low carbon economy, and advance innovative projects that could assist in greening the economies of the three countries.
Find out more about the NAPECA program and details on how BBEMA’s Water Education and Monitoring Project will improve our shared environment at http://www.cec.org/napeca/xxx.
An interactive map is available at this website so visitors will be able know what each of the rest of the grantees’projects is doing and where they’re working.
BBEMA is proud that the Organization has been selected as one of only 18 projects out of 589 Organization applications and would like to thank the COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION – THREE COUNTRIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT