Both Sides of the Border: Transboundary Environmental by Linda Fernandez, Richard T. Carson

By Linda Fernandez, Richard T. Carson

This quantity enhances Shared house: Rethinking the U.S.-Mexico Border setting, edited by way of Lawrence Herzog and Environmental administration on North America's Borders, edited via Richard Kiy and John Wirth. This quantity expands the diversity of concerns addressed in past volumes in addition to makes a speciality of entire exams of cooperative efforts of the U.S. and Mexico to unravel environmental difficulties. All environmental media are addressed alongside the border: land, air, water, in addition to assets of pollutants (transportation, agriculture, strength, commercial creation, city development, unsafe waste new release) and biodiversity assets (migratory aquatic and terrestrial woodland and insect species). educational, govt, environmental administration and coverage audiences can enjoy the quantity to handle environmental coverage for borders all over the world as the chapters combine common technological know-how and social technology idea, analytical equipment and knowledge into the sector of overseas environmental coverage research.

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In this way, we can address all sources of environmental degradation, identify priorities for additional needed short- and long-term actions, and identify and evaluate institutional and administrative measures to address current problems. 24 Because of the importance of environmental impacts upon economic activities, public health, watershed resources, ecosystem health, and social benefits, including cultural values, we need to be proactive and preventative: We know what the environmental problems (and infrastructure needs) are at the border (see Table A above).

For example, reasonable estimates for border environmental infrastructure in the three areas of the BECC/NADBank mandate are between $8 and $10 billion. At best the NADBank can only leverage $1 to $2 billion. More grant funds for project design, capacity building, planning, etc. are crucial. Thus, there is a need to pull the nation together to support the Mexico-US border region as was done in the Great Lakes (also a binational example), the Hudson River Valley, the Chesapeake Bay, or the Everglades.

In the future, the IBWC will either exercise its unused authority to lead or it will move into a strong support role. A support role might make use of the organization’s best qualities and resources, which include its engineering capabilities and its role in crafting binational agreements known as minutes. In an examination of the La Paz Agreement and its workgroups (as constituted from 1983 to 1993), we find that they rarely take a long-term view. This said, the La Paz Agreement does create the potential for an institutional framework for long-term binational federal government cooperation on border environmental issues.

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