[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 127 (Monday, July 2, 2012)]
[Pages 39319-39320]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16141]



[Public Notice 7942]

Suggestions for Environmental Cooperation Pursuant to the United 
States-Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice of preparation of and request for comments regarding the 
first United States--Korea Environmental Cooperation Work Program.


SUMMARY: The Department invites the public, including NGOs, educational 
institutions, private sector enterprises and other interested persons, 
to submit written comments or suggestions regarding items for inclusion 
in the first Work Program for implementing the United States--Korea 
Environmental Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force on March 
15, 2012. We encourage submitters to refer to: (1) The U.S.--Korea 
Environmental Cooperation Agreement; (2) Chapter 20 (Environment) of 
the U.S.--Korea Free

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Trade Agreement; and (3) the Environmental Review of the U.S.--Korea 
Free Trade Agreement. These documents are available at: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/env/trade/c49687.htm.

DATES: To be assured of timely consideration, all written comments or 
suggestions are requested no later than July 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be emailed to 
(MartirTorresMC@state.gov) or faxed ((202) 647-5947) to Maina Martir-
Torres, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans and 
International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of 
State, with the subject line ``U.S.-Korea Environmental Cooperation.'' 
If you have access to the Internet, you can view and comment on this 
notice by going to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home and searching on 
docket number: DOS-2012-0040.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Maina Martir-Torres, telephone (202) 


U.S.-Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement

    The United States--Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA) 
entered into force on March 15, 2012. The United States and Korea 
negotiated the ECA in parallel with the U.S.--Korea Free Trade 
Agreement. The ECA establishes a framework to promote cooperation on 
environmental protection, sustainable management of natural resources, 
conservation and protection of biodiversity, and strengthening of 
environmental law enforcement. Article 3 of the ECA establishes the 
Environmental Cooperation Commission (ECC), which is responsible for 
developing programs of work that reflect the parties' priorities for 
cooperative environmental activities.
    We are requesting suggestions for cooperative environmental 
activities to consider for inclusion in the first Work Program. For 
additional information, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/env/trade/c49687.htm.
    Disclaimer: This Public Notice is a request for comments and 
suggestions, and is not a request for applications. No granting of 
money is directly associated with this request for suggestions for the 
Work Program and Plan of Action. There is no expectation of resources 
or funding associated with any comments or suggestions for the Work 
Program or the Plan of Action.

    Dated: June 22, 2012.
George Sibley,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2012-16141 Filed 6-29-12; 8:45 am]