The 16-storey residential tower being built in the Al Barsha area will be ready by November 2013, with BECC
already completing the ground floor.
Vazquez said, however, that BECC
would ensure that the project undergoes strict environmental scrutiny before any approval is granted.
A number of programs have been established to address this shortage, for example NADbank's Institutional Development and Cooperation Program, which attempts to develop utility management skills for communities hoping for BECC
In recognition of that fact, BECC
claims to prioritize those projects that demonstrate high levels of community participation in both the planning and implementation stages.
For this reason, BECC
would have few detractors if it did nothing more than make major strides toward equitably providing such infrastructure in the borderlands.
Funding for the BECC
will come from the NADBank, government grants, loans, guarantees and other financial institutions and private sources supplying investment capital for environmental infrastructure in the border region.
Mexico border, where the symbiotic BECC
also established procedures to enhance public participation.
and the NADBank complement an existing binational framework of environmental cooperation dating back to the late-1970s: 1) the International Boundary and Water Commission, which developed recommendations for addressing sanitation issues in the border region and now plans, constructs, and operates several wastewater treatment plants and projects on both sides of the border and 2) the La Paz Agreement, signed in 1983 by the presidents of the United States and Mexico, which established binational work groups to address various problems with air, soil, and water quality as well as hazardous waste in the border region.
More specifically, the purpose of BECC
is to "help preserve, protect and enhance the environment of the border region in order to advance the well-being of the people of the United States and Mexico" (37).
oversees the North American Development Bank, which is supposed to provide financing for environmental infrastructure projects along the border and in other areas environmentally imperiled by the economic integration of the United States and Mexico.
According to BECC
certification documents, the environmental benefits related to the two projects include the displacement of more than 860,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), nearly 1,500 metric tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 710 metric tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per year.