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Border 2020

Border Publication: Protecting the Environment and Public Health

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“Protecting the Environment and Public Health in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region" (Fall 2017)

We are honored to share the latest border publication, “Protecting the Environment and Public Health in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region,” a joint effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mexico’s Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).

The publication traces the history of innovative collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico to address environmental and public health challenges through joint-governance, key partnerships, and projects implemented by federal, state, tribal and local partners.

It also highlights tangible results benefitting U.S.-Mexico border communities that 1) improve air quality; 2) provide clean and safe drinking water; 3) revitalize land and prevent contamination; and 4) enhance emergency preparedness and response. Although significant environmental improvements have been achieved, challenges remain.

Note: This publication was developed under Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, the most recent U.S.-Mexico binational environmental effort stemming from the La Paz Agreement signed in 1983.

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