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ENSENADA - Awards recognize cross-border collaboration

Awards recognize cross-border collaboration
border planning recognized

ENSENADA - Bi-national success stories were highlighted this week at the Border Governors Conference in Ensenada, with the newly inaugurated Awards for U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation.

Of the four projects that received recognition, two were on the California-Baja California border. One involved environmental education by non-profit groups, the other planning for border crossings by state agencies.

Among the honorees were two groups that focus on training teachers and educating students in Baja California: Proyecto Bio-regional de Educacion Ambiental, PROBEA, based at the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental, PFEA, located in Tijuana.

Their relationship goes back two decades, and has resulted in the training 4,000 teachers and promoters in environmental education who have in turn worked with 150,000 students. The groups' efforts have also led to 20 beach cleanup campaigns that have removed 105 tons of trash.

The organizations have maintained their autonomy, while developing close working and personal relationships. "We have always respected our differences, and used them to our advantage," said Margarita Diaz, director of PFEA.

Also honored was the development of the California-Baja California Border Master Plan by two government agencies: Baja California's Infrastructure and Urban Development Secretariat, and Caltrans District 11. Unique on the U.S.-Mexico border, the plan studies border crossings and access roads.

The awards are sponsored by the Border Research Partnership, made up of the Tijuana-based Colegio de la Frontera Norte, the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute in Washington, D.C. and the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.

Written by
Sandra Dibble
6:41 p.m., Sept. 30, 2011

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