Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
Chapter Eighteen: Environment
Article 18.1: Affirmations
1. The Parties affirm their respect for their Constitutions and recognize that each Party has sovereign rights and responsibilities to conserve and protect its environment. The Parties affirm their environmental obligations under their domestic law, their right to establish their own levels of domestic environmental protection under their domestic law, as well as their international obligations under multilateral environmental agreements.
2. The Parties recognize the mutual supportiveness between trade and environment policies and the need to implement this Agreement in a manner consistent with environmental protection and conservation and the sustainable use of their resources.
Article 18.2: Agreement on Environmental Cooperation
Further to Article 18.1, the Parties have set out their mutual obligations in the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Honduras (the "Agreement on Environmental Cooperation") that addresses, among other things:
- (a) conservation, protection and improvement of the environment in the territory of each Party for the well-being of present and future generations;
- (b) non-derogation from domestic environmental law in order to encourage trade or investment;
- (c) development of, compliance with and enforcement of domestic environmental law;
- (d) transparency and public participation in environmental matters; and
- (e) cooperation between the Parties to advance environmental issues of common interest.
Article 18.3: Relationship between this Agreement and the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation
1. The Parties recognize the importance of balancing trade obligations with environmental obligations, and affirm that the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation complements this Agreement and that the 2 are mutually supportive.
2. The Commission may consider reports and recommendations from the Committee on the Environment established under the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, in respect of an issue related to trade and the environment.
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