The CAFTA-DR Secretariat for Environmental Matters

The Secretariat for Environmental Matters (SEM) is an international organization created within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and the United States of America (CAFTA-DR). This was is the first free trade agreement for the region that includes a chapter dedicated related to the environment (Chapter 17). In this regard, the SEM's mission is to carry out the functions established in articles 17.7 and 17.8 of the CAFTA-DR agreement.

Multimedia

Access to publications, videos, photos and other materials of interest related to submissions, the SEM, the submission mechanism and factual records.

Legal Basis

Legal documents, decisions issued by the Environmental Affairs Council and other legal materials of interest.

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What is the CAFTA-DR Secretariat for Environmental Matters?

The Secretariat for Environmental Matters (SEM) is an international organization created by the Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and the United States of America (CAFTA-DR) and oversees the Environmental Submission Mechanism.

What is the environmental submission mechanism?

It is the mechanism through which any person of a Party may file present submissions that claim assert that one of the signature Parties countries ofto the Agreement is not effectively enforcing its environmental legislation.