Binational and Trinational Protected Area Partnerships

Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Abra Tanchipa - San Luis Potosí, México (credit: CONANP)

Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Abra Tanchipa – San Luis Potosí, México (credit: CONANP)

The countries represented in the NAWPA Committee, share forests, mountain ranges, wildlife species, freshwater systems, oceans and marine life. The MOU on Cooperation for Wilderness and Protected Areas Conservation promulgates cooperative mechanisms that connect the countries in policy initiatives and technical approaches to safeguard wild nature. Possible results of the MOU are ecosystem-scale plans and actions, and various cooperative mechanisms to protect and restore wilderness and protected areas across North America.

Two existing examples of transboundary agreements that build upon the MOU and its provisions:

1. Joint Statement on Cooperative Action for Conservation in the Big Bend/Río Bravo Region by The Department of the Interior of the United States of America and The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States

2. Sister Sites Arrangement between Quetico Provincial Park, LaVerendrye Provincial Park, Grand Portage National Monument, Superior National Forest & Voyageurs National Park