Border Environment Cooperation Commission


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Border Environment Cooperation Commission

Also called BECC. An international organization intended to promote economic development along the U.S.-Mexico border. It seeks to develop infrastructure on both sides of the border to improve water, waste management, wastewater and air quality, as well as to promote clean energy. It works in cooperation with the North American Development Bank to achieve these goals. BECC was established in 1994 as a side agreement with NAFTA.
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The Border Environment Cooperation Commission will work with the affected states and local communities and nongovernmental organizations in developing effective solutions to environmental problems in the border region.
The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB) are bi-national organizations created by the Governments of the United States and Mexico under a side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement, in order to help address the environmental infrastructure needs in the border region between both countries.
These include (1) periodic presidential meetings, (2) annual cabinet-level Binational Commission meetings with 10 Working Groups on major issues, (3) annual meetings of congressional delegations in the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group Conferences, (4) NAFTA-related trilateral meetings under various groups, and (5) bilateral border area cooperation meetings hosted by such entities as the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, and the Binational Group on Bridges and Border Crossings.
NAFTA is sometimes called a "green" trade agreement because it established three associated environmental institutions: the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADbank), which were charged with identifying and funding infrastructure projects in Mexico and the United States, and the Montreal-based North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), which is charged with confronting environmental problems in the whole continent.
The environmental benefits of this project, which was certified by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) in June 2014, include improving environmental and human health conditions by reducing vehicular emissions and urban congestion, as well as offering a comfortable, safe, rapid, and accessible transportation option for mass transit users.
Further to gain NAFTA support, the United States and Mexico agreed to establish a bilateral Border Environment Cooperation Commission and North American Development Bank to help border-area communities finance environmental infrastructure projects.

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