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11 October 2000


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Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks:Pierre Marc Johnson, Symposium Chair
Janine Ferretti, Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Keynote Speaker:Lester Brown, President, WorldWatch Institute

10:15 Session One : Trade Liberalization and Natural Resources

Session Chair:David Schorr
Director, Sustainable Commerce Program
World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US)

  1. NAFTA Environmental Impacts on North American Fisheries
    Grace Chomo and Michael Ferrantino, US International Trade Commission
  2. Assessing the Environmental Effects of NAFTA on the Forestry Sector in Mexico
    Mary Kelly and Maria Teresa Guerrero, Texas Center for Policy Studies and Comisión de Solidaridad y Defensa a los Derechos Humanas A.C.
  3. Assessing NAFTA Effects on Water
    Christine Elwell, Sierra Club of Canada


  • Mr. José Antonio Morán, Programa sobre comercio y medio ambiente, Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental A.C.
13:45 Session Two :Nafta and its Pollution Impacts

Session Chair: John Dixon
Program Team Leader-Environmental Division World Bank

  1. NAFTA and Industrial Pollution: Some General Equilibrium Results
    Kenneth Reinert, George Mason University, and David Roland-Holst, Mills College
  2. The Impact of the Free Trade Agreement on the Mexican Economy and Environment
    Fernando Gutierrez Moreno, Instituto para la protección Ambiental de Nuevo León (Mexico)
  3. The Generation and Management of Transboundary Hazardous Waste Shipments between Canada, Mexico and the United States
    Mark Winfield, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, Cyrus Reed, Texas Center for Policy Studies, and Marisa Jacott, La Neta – Proyecto Emisiones Espacio Virtual


  • Kevin Gallagher,Research Associate, Global Development and Environment Institute Cabot Center, TUFTS University
  • Will Martin, Lead Economist, Development Economics Research Group, World Bank
16:00 Session Three :Relationships Between Trade Liberalization and Environmental Policies and Regulations

Session Chair:Hon. Charles Caccia
Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

  1. Analysis of Links between NAFTA and Environmental Law
    Howard Mann, International and Environmental Law and Policy
  2. Is there a Race to the Bottom in Environmental Policies? The Effects of NAFTA
    Daniel Milliment, Southern Methodist University
  3. The Relocation of El Paso’s Garment Stonewashing Industry and its Implications for Trade and Environment
    Andrea Abel, National Wildlife Federation and Travis Phillips, University of Texas at Austin


  • Professor Kal Raustiala, Acting Professor, School of Law & Institute of the Environment, UCLA
18:00 Information Session On Government Reviews of Trade

Session Chair:Paul Faeth, Director, Economics Program World Resources Institute

  1. Status of Canada’s Environmental Review of Trade Liberalization
    Government of Canada
  2. Implementation of Executive Order on Assessing Environmental Effects of Trade
    Government of the United States

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9:00 Session Four :Nafta's Transportation and Manufacturing Impact on the Environment

Session Chair:Gustavo Alanis, Presidente,
Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental A.C.

  1. NAFTA Transportation Corridors: Approaches to Assessing Environmental Impacts and Alternatives
    Sierra Club and Shelia Holbrook-White, Texas Citizen Fund, with technical support from WWF-US
  2. Mexico’s Manufacturing Exports and the Environment under NAFTA
    Claudia Schatan, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


  • Bob Currey, Center for Environmental Resource Management – University of Texas at El Paso
  • Dan Seligman, Sierra Club
10:45 Session Five : The Services and Public Sector and the Environment

Session Chair: Steve Charnovitz,
AttorneyWilmer, Cutler & Pickering

  1. Methodologies for Evaluating the Environmental Effects of Services Trade Liberalization
    Dale Andrew, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  2. Will Free Trade in Electricity Between Canada and the US Improve Environmental Quality
    Takis Plagiannakos, Ontario Power Generation
  3. Relationship between Wastewater Treatment and NAFTA
    Vera Kornylak, Staff Attorney, Arizona Center for Law and Public Interest


  • Jake Caldwell, Program Coordinator for Trade and the Environment, National Wildlife Federation
  • Philip Raphals, Director Adjoint, Centre Hélios
14:30 Closing Session : Next Steps - Policy Responses to Environment-Trade Links

Session Chair: Durwood Zaelke,
Center for International Environmental Law

  1. Examining the Implications to Trade Policy From Environmental Reviews
    Jeffrey Schott, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Economics
  2. Examining the Implications for Environmental Policy from Environmental Reviews
    Konrad von Moltke, Senior Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  3. Lessons for Public Participation
    Regina Barba, Chair, Joint Public Advisory Committee
Concluding Remarks by Pierre Marc Johnson