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Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:20:00 EST
CTG Releases Report on Mitigating Cross-Border Air Pollution
CTG deputy director Anthony Cresswell presented findings at the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Air Policy Forum in Monterrey, Mexico
The report analyzes the efforts of a multi-organizational network of government and private sector participants along the US-Mexican border. The network, known as the JAC (Joint Advisory Committee for the Improvement of Air Quality in the Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua/El Paso, Texas/Doña Ana County, New Mexico Air Basin), has been highly successful in binational pollution mitigation activities and provides important lessons for building similar collaborative networks among a diverse set of stakeholders.
These lessons include a set of key network requirements:
- committed, capable, and diverse human resources
- incentives for organizational investment
- social capital
- effective organizational structure and legal framework
- sufficient financial and analytical resources
- integration with existing organizations and project
- strong and clearly defined binational identity
The Air Policy Forum is part of the US-Mexico Environmental Program (Border 2012), a collaboration between the United States and Mexico to improve the environment and protect the health of the nearly 12 million people living along the border. The bi-national program focuses on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.