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International Cooperation

EPA Collaboration with Mexico

EPA works with our Mexican neighbors on the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, a collaboration between the United States and Mexico to improve the environment and protect the health of the 14 million people living along the border. The bi-national program focuses on cleaning the air, providing access to clean and safe water, promoting materials management and waste management, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border 2020 is building on the success of Border 2012 by maintaining the bottom-up approach to program design, and by committing to strategic priorities to achieve an ambitious set of goals and objectives.

Border 2020 has identified five long-term goals with specific objectives to address the most serious environmental and environmentally-related public health challenges in the border region. Some objectives and sub-objectives targeted by these strategic goals are broad and are expected to serve as guidance in the development of biennial action plans.

The goals are:

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Additional Resources About Environment and the Mexico-U.S. Border

  • International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)Exit The U.S. and Mexico have cooperated on their shared border environment for over a hundred years. Much of this cooperation took place under the auspices of the IBWC, a U.S.-Mexico international organization with a presence in both countries. The IBWC administers several large water cleanup projects, including those in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo.
  • North American Development Bank (NADB)Exit The NADB is a binational institution that provides financing for environmental infrastructure projects along the US-Mexico border to improve the well-being of residents in the US and Mexico. 
  • SEMARNATExit Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. SEMARNAT is EPA's federal counterpart in the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program.


For additional information about EPA's programs with Mexico, contact:
Marta Jordan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460