The ADEQ Office of Border Environmental Protection works closely with other organizations that also address environmental issues in the U.S. - Mexico border region. The primary ones include the U.S. - Mexico Border 2012 Program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mexico's Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the Arizona-Mexico Commission administered by the state of Arizona and the state of Sonora, and the Border Governors Conference, which addresses many issues affecting states on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border.
U.S. - Mexico Border 2012 Environmental Program
The U.S. - Mexico Border 2012 Environmental Program (Border 2012) is a binational collaborative effort whose mission is to protect the environment and public health in the U.S. - Mexico border region consistent with the principles of sustainable development. The national coordinators of Border 2012 are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its counterpart in Mexico, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, SEMARNAT).
Through Border 2012, the Arizona - Sonora Regional Workgroup promotes implementation of projects that address issues related to air and water quality, waste management, emergency preparedness and children's environmental health in communities along the Arizona - Sonora border. It has designated five task forces to lead these efforts.
Co-chairs of the Arizona - Sonora Regional Workgroup are:
Arizona - Mexico Commission
The Arizona - Mexico Commission (AMC) is a cross-border nonprofit organization administered by the Governor's office. Its mission is to improve the well-being and quality of life for residents of Arizona by promoting a strong, cooperative relationship with Mexico and other Latin American countries through advocacy, trade, networking and information.
The AMC and its counterpart in Sonora, the Sonora - Arizona Commission (Comisión Sonora - Arizona, CSA) have several binational committees, each of which has a public sector and private sector co-chair to represent both states. The AMC and CSA hold an annual summer plenary in Arizona and a fall plenary in Sonora. Committees develop action items during the plenary sessions and report progress on a periodic basis to the governor's offices of Arizona and Sonora until the action items are completed.
The Environment Committee strives to enhance border area and regional environmental efforts through development of supporting action items. An example of this is completion of a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast for the state of Sonora, modeled after Arizona's own GHG emissions inventory and forecast. This furthers the declaration of cooperation signed between Arizona and Sonora on June 18, 2005, to establish the Arizona - Sonora Regional Climate Change Initiative.
Arizona-Mexico Commission 2011 Plenary Session - Environment Committee June 03, 2011
Border Governors Conference (BGC)
The Border Governors Conference (BGC) is the largest binational venue to discuss and resolve some of the most important border issues affecting the United States and Mexico. The annual BGC meeting is conducted at alternating sites within the four U.S. and six Mexican border states. The chair of the BGC is the governor of the host state during that particular year with the governor from one of the states of the other country as co-chair.
Similar to Arizona - Mexico Commission committees, the Border Governors Conference is comprised of several worktables focused on specific areas, such as the environment worktable. The worktables also are chaired by representatives of the host state as well as co-chaired by representatives of the other country. Each worktable proposes one or more joint declarations that the group will either focus on throughout the year or recommend for further discussion with federal counterparts by the 10 governors of the U.S. - Mexico border states.
The conclusion of a Border Governors Conference results in a Joint Declaration Document that compiles the joint declarations developed by all the worktables.