Water Management on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Achieving Water Sustainability and Resilience through Cross-Border Cooperation

Francisco Lara-Valencia, Irasema Coronado, Stephen Mumme, Christopher Brown, Paul Ganster, Hilda García-Pérez, Donna Lybecker, Sharon B. Megdal, Rosario Sanchez, Alan Sweedler, Robert G. Varady, Adriana Zuniga-Teran

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Abstract

Shortly after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2021, Commissioner Maria Elena Giner called for input into issues of importance to the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC). Responding to her call, a group of border scholars committed to producing a white paper entitled “Water Management on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Achieving Water Sustainability and Resilience through Cross-Border Cooperation”. This document was presented to Commissioner Giner at the spring 2022 ABS Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This commentary outlines the main ideas and recommendations in this white paper, which are intended to strengthen the USIBWC's ability to respond to the challenges of U.S.-Mexico border water management in the 21st century. The paper recognizes the IBWC's long history of handling binational water issues effectively and its demonstrated capacity to respond and adapt to the border region's changing social, political, and environmental conditions. The commentary is capped with Commissioner Giner's response to the white paper, including her commitment to work with the academic community in both countries in creating an IBWC's binational science advisory group, as recommended in the white paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-334
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Borderlands Studies
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • IBWC
  • U.S.-Mexico border
  • Water management
  • border regions
  • cross-border cooperation
  • water sustainability and resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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