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 Post subject: Border 2020 Framework Consultation Nov 15 at Campo
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:47 am 
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Border Tribes,

As stated in Michelle DePass letter dated August 26, 2011 to tribal leader, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally-recognized US Border Indian Tribes on the US-Mexico Environmental Program: Border 2020 Framework. EPA is requesting comments from the US Border Tribes on the draft Border 2020 Framework. In order to safeguard the environment and protect public health along the U.S.-Mexico border, EPA and Mexico’s Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) are proposing a draft of the next eight year bi-national program entitled “ Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program”.

The draft Border 2020 Program is the latest environmental program implemented under the 1983 La Paz Agreement. It builds on the current Border 2012 Environmental Program, emphasizing regional, bottom-up
approaches for decision making, priority setting, and project
implementation to address the environmental and public health problems in the border region. As in Border 2012, the new program encourages meaningful participation from communities and local stakeholders.

The draft Border 2020 Plan also strengthens its focus in regional areas where environmental improvements are needed most, establishing thematic goals, supporting the implementation of projects, considering new fundamental strategies, and encouraging the achievement of more ambitious environmental and public health goals.

The Guiding Principles will support the mission of the Border 2020 Program and will ensure consistency by continuing the successful elements of previous binational environmental programs:

Ø Reduce the highest public health risks, and preserve and restore
the natural environment
Ø Adopt a bottom-up approach
Ø Address disproportionate environmental impacts
Ø Improve stakeholder participation
Ø Foster transparency, public participation, and open dialogue
Ø Strengthen capacity
Ø Achieve concrete, measurable results
Ø Measure program progress through the development of environmental
and public health-based indicators
Ø Recognize tribal sovereignty of U.S. Tribes and address issues
impacting tribes on a government-to-government basis
Address the specific concerns and protect and preserve the cultural integrity of Mexican indigenous communities

This consultation and coordination process will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes.

Attached is a draft agenda that EPA will follow at the November 15, 2011 meeting at Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at almodovar.lisa@epa.gov and/or 202-564-6401 should you have any questions on this action.

(See attached file: Draft Agenda Tribal meeting ENG.docx)

Thanks

Lisa Almodovar
Senior Program Manager for US-Mexico Program US Environmental Protection Agency Office of International and Tribal Affairs (MC-2650R) 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
(202)564-6401
(202)565-2411 fax
visit us at: http://www.epa.gov/Border2012


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