What is the environmental submission mechanism?

Use of the environmental submission mechanism

In accordance with Article 17.7 of the Agreement (Link to chapter 17), any person of a Party may present a submission that asserts that one of the Parties to the Agreement is failing to effectively enforce its environmental legislation.

In general terms, according to the SEM Working Procedures (Link), a submission:

  • May not exceed 10 letter-sized pages, excluding appendices that contain support information.
  • The Secretariat may only consider a submission if it meets the requirements established in Article 17.7.2 of the Agreement

The Secretariat recommends reviewing the text of Chapter 17 of the Agreement as well as the SEM Working Procedures prior to presenting any submission.

A submission may be sent by mail, delivered personally to the SEM headquarters or via Email:

  • Address: Secretaría de Asuntos Ambientales 4 avenida 10-25, zona 14, Guatemala, Guatemala 01014
  • Email: info@saa-sem.org
  • Phone: +502 2368-2151