Perspectives on Security and the Environment in the Binational U.S.-Mexican Border Region
The Mexico Project at CSIS, in partnership with SCERP, hosted an interactive session on the security and environment of the U.S.-Mexican border region (USMBR). The USMBR has been impacted by domestic and international migration trends, pre- and post-NAFTA industrialization and cross-border trade, and most recently, September 11th security concerns.
The purpose of this roundtable event was to add a tangible environmental dimension to the traditional security dialogues. In particular, the meeting delved into the environmental impact of the various border security measures that have been implemented on both sides of the border, as well as environmental degradation resulting from the two-way flow of cross-border activity that takes place outside of the official ports of entry. The meeting also explored the extent to which state and local authorities — both U.S. and Mexican — have participated in their respective federal governments' planning and execution process as part of broader binational cooperation and collaboration.
Background and Orientation
- Purpose and Context, Rick van Schoik, SCERP
- U.S. - Mexican Border, Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, CSIS
Border Security Perspectives
- Ambassador Luis Herrera-Lasso, Grupo Coppan
- Jorge Chabat, Centro de Investigación Docencia Economicas (CIDE)
Reconciling Trade, the Environment and Security
- Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA)
Environment and Security in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
- Energy, Alan Sweedler, San Diego State University
- Water, Carlos de la Parra, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)
- Rick Van Schoik, SCERP
Though no one from Mexico's Attorney General for Environmental Protection (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente) office, or PROFEPA, was able to attend, the office sent a presentation.