Impacts of NAFTA on Environmental Engineering

by Mark W. Killgore, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


This paper addresses recent developments in the environmental sector under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) represents a significant step forward in tri-national efforts to address environmental problems in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The environmental side agreements, signed in conjunction with the trade accord, set up new tri-national and bi-national agencies to deal with environmental disputes, fund new environmental infrastructure projects, and certify that projects meet specific environmental criteria. These agencies have now been organized and staffed. Operational policies have been set and work has begun on certifying and financing environmental infrastructure projects in the border region. Additionally, the three countries have instituted new vehicles for environmental enforcement and several matters have received the attention of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Subject Headings: Environmental engineering | Infrastructure | Project management | Developing countries | Financing | Water resources | Dispute resolution | Vehicles | Canada | Mexico | United States

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