Border Environment Cooperation Commission: 1995 Year End Status Report

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by Peter Silva,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water

Abstract: 1995...What a year! The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) opened its doors in February 1995, to lay the foundations of the organization whose purpose is to identify, develop, review, and certify border environmental infrastructure projects for North American Development Bank (NADBank) financing. To that end, the BECC hired its technical, financial, community development, and administrative staff; received 46 project proposals, adopted guidelines for project certification (incorporating principles of sustainable development), conducted a host of public meetings, developed rules and procedures, provided technical assistance, and certified three environmental infrastructure projects on both sides of the U.S.—Mexico border. Both the BECC, headquartered in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, and NADBank, its sister organization located in San Antonio, Texas, form the basis of a new framework of environmental cooperation by working directly with communities to develop environmental infrastructure in the region shared by the two countries. BECC and NADBank were established in November 1993, pursuant to an agreement between the Governments of the United States and Mexico, to assist local communities and other project sponsors in developing and implementing environmental infrastructure projects in the border zone.

Subject Headings: Team building | Environmental issues | Infrastructure | Licensure and certification | Financing | Business organizations | North America | United States | Texas | Mexico | San Antonio

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