Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 14, 2010


The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, in coordination with Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) partners, will host a conference on “Partnering for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development” in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 20 - 22. The conference will bring together stakeholders from around the CAFTA-DR region to consider environmental cooperation issues and identify potential synergies beyond 2010. The conference is open to the public.

A CAFTA-DR Environmental Partners Fair will be held in connection with the conference on January 20. Sessions on January 21 and 22 will highlight the approximately 80 environmental cooperation projects implemented in the region over the past five years. A Pathways to Prosperity Dialogue on Public Participation in Sustainable Development is scheduled to occur on January 22.

To date, U.S. agencies have dedicated more than $62 million to support environmental cooperation in the CAFTA-DR region. The overarching objective of this cooperation is to advance efforts by partnering countries to strengthen institutions for effective implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, protect biodiversity, increase market-based conservation, and improve private sector environmental performance.

To register for the conference, please contact Abby Lindsay at: LindsayA@state.gov. To view the complete agenda for the conference, please visit: www.caftadr-environment.org



PRN: 2010/042