The Border Institutes enable senior-level local, state, national and international planners and decision-makers to meet, become informed of issues and options, and discuss best alternatives for the environmental future of the U.S.-Mexican border region.
Border Institute I
Brought together approximately sixty community leaders. Members of the private
sector; representatives of nonprofit organizations; university researchers;
and local, state, and federal government officials from the United States and
Mexico came together to discuss how to ensure the future environmental quality
and economic development of the border by the year 2020. The Institute established
the basic features of the border including demographic momentum, economic development,
institutions of change, and a vision for the border's environment in 2020.
Border Institute II
Investigated the economy and environment, including ways of reinventing and
reinvigorating the economy in order to bring prosperity and support infrastructure
construction; integrating 'natural capitalism' to support sustainable economic
development; investing in environmental infrastructure; and developing new
finance mechanisms for border communities.
The overall theme of Border Institute III was "Trade, Energy, and the Environment Challenges and Opportunities in the Border Region: Now and in 2002." The
Institute established a permanent SCERP energy program, the purpose of which
is to develop sound policy recommendations; facilitate, streamline, and make
trade more efficient; review, minimize, and mitigate for environmental and
ecological effects; encourage renewable sourcing, efficient use, and clean
exchanges; and minimize and address resulting human health impacts.
Border Institute IV
Focused on general binational water issues; interdependence of water; border
water demand budgets, balances, projections, and future scenarios; sustainability
and water reuse; cross-jurisdictional water cooperation case studies; and policies
for secure and sustainable water. [Executive
Summary in English] [Resumen
Border Institute V
Titled "The State of the Border and the Health of its Citizens: Multinational Indicators of Progress, 1990-2020," the
2003 Border Institute, or Border Institute V, explores measurable indicators
of human environmental health and risk to the toxics, pathogens, hazardous
materials, and other threats unique to the area. Several papers have been identified
so far, others are being solicited. [Border Institute V Papers] [EXECUTIVE SUMMARY]
Border Institute VI
The sixth Border Institute took place in April, 2004 and addressed the challenge
of binational ecosystem conservation.
Border Institute VII
The Seventh Border Institute addressed the issue of "Transboudary Air Pollution
and Binational Air Quality Management".
Border Institute VIII
The Eighth Border Institute took place in 2006 and was called "Cooperative Planning and Operation of Transboundary Watersheds.".
Border Institute IX
The Ninth Border Institute was held in 2007 and addressed the interwoven concerns of security, development, and environment.
Border Institute X
The tenth border institute was held in 2010 and addressed changes in border environmental quality over the past decade.