For Release November 3, 1997
Frank Bevacqua Washington (202) 736-9024
Fabien Lengellé Ottawa (613) 995-0088
Jennifer Day Windsor (519) 257-6733
(313) 226-2170, ext. 6733
The International Joint Commission Looks Ahead
The International Joint Commission has released its vision of its future role in the preservation
and protection of the North American environment. Entitled The IJC and the
21st Century, the
vision responds to a request from the Governments of Canada and the United States for proposals
on how IJC can best assist them to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st
summary of the vision is attached.
The vision sets out five proposals. Foremost among them is the creation of a system of
international watershed boards stretching from coast to coast. This new system of local boards
and the other proposals would help governments in addressing transboundary environmental
problems and preventing and resolving disputes on these matters.
In preparing its proposals, IJC consulted with nongovernmental organizations, scientists,
academics and provincial and state governments. The IJC will now hold consultations on the
proposals made in the report. The governments have received IJC's report and will make their
views known in due course.
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