Ottawa, Canada – The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina (MAyDS) to acquire or rent forest fighting equipment, goods, supplies, tools and training from Canada. MAyDS is the government agency responsible for the monitoring, prevention, and management of the Argentina’s fire emergencies.
The Argentine government has taken this action to incorporate equipment from Canada within the framework of the National Fire Management Service. This will allow Argentina to have high-performance air resources and other equipment and services to meet the period of greatest demand to deal with fires.
“This agreement with CCC will enable Argentina’s MAyDS to quickly mobilize qualified aerial firefighting resources when the need arises,” said Kim Douglas, VP of Business Development and Marketing at CCC.
Under the terms of the MOU, forest fighting acquisitions can be made by Argentina through CCC as the Government of Canada. CCC’s government to government (G2G) contracts has the legal effect of being signed in the name of the Government of Canada who is ultimately responsible for CCC’s contractual obligations.
To learn more about G2G contracting or Canada’s firefighting capabilities, connect with the CCC team.
- Wildland fire activity is increasing around the world. Because of climate change, fire-prone conditions are predicted to increase over much of the globe, and as this happens, risks to lives, livelihoods, communities, nature and biodiversity will continue to increase.
- Argentina is facing a growing problem with forest fires and has seen an estimated 50 percent rise in incidents in the last two decades alone.
- Argentina’s unique ecological and geographic diversity is reflected in its 18 “eco-regions,” which range from sub-tropical to Antarctic zones, the tallest mountains in the Americas to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Eight of these eco-regions have been classified among the highest priorities for global conservation. Currently, 11.6% of Argentinian national territory is protected.
- Canada and Argentina have enjoyed uninterrupted diplomatic relations since 1940.
- Bilateral trade between Canada and Argentina was valued at $1.3 billion in 2021, up 42% from 2020. Canadian exports to Argentina were valued at nearly $355.6 million in 2021, up 46.7% from 2020.
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