The Secretariat is a technical, independent and impartial body that promotes effective environmental law enforcement.
On April 12, 2006, the United States and Peru signed the U.S. – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA), which entered into force on February 1st, 2009.
Chapter 18 – Environment – in its Article 18.8, indicates the commitment of both Parties to implement a secretariat who recieves and considers Submissions on Environmental Enforcement Matters. This Secretariat has the following functions:
- Receive and consider public submissions.
- Request a Party to respond to public submisssions, receive the Party´s response, and consider the public submission and any response provided by the Party.
- Inform the Environmental Affairs Council, in light of any response provided by the Party, whether public submissions warrant developing a factual record.
- Prepare factual records when any member of the Council instructs to do so, submit them to the Council, and if directed by a member of the Council, make them available to the public.
Environmental Affairs Council
The Secretariat is based in Washington DC, United States and operates independently under the sole direction and supervision of the Environmental Affairs Council comprised of representatives of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the U.S. Department of State, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and Ministry of the Environment.
Martha Aldana is a Peruvian lawyer (Universidad de Lima), with an LLM Specialization in International and Comparative Environmental Law from American University (Washington D.C.), done with a Fulbright Scholarship and an scholarship from the Organization of American States as well. Martha has more than 20 years of experience in environmental law and management at the National Congress (as legal advisor of the Ecology Commission of the Senate), the Supervisor Organism in Investments in Energy and Mining (as environmental law supervisor), the Ministry of Environment (as an advisor to the Viceministry of Environmental Management), the National Environmental Enforcement Authority (as Director of Environmental Enforcement and as Regulation Drafts Coordinator), the National Environmental Assessment Authority for Sustainable Investments, (as Director of Strategic Management), and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (as General Director of Environmental Energy Affairs y as General Director of Environmental Hydrocarbons Affairs), among others. Is author of a number of publications in environmental law and professor in this topic at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the United States of America, the Government of the Republic of Peru, and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States regarding a Secretariat for Submissions on Environmental Enforcement Matters under the United States – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.