Project Title: US-Mexico International Integration Workshops
Through a series of international meetings, the HCRT is establishing a network between US and Mexican counterparts. Participants are identifying common goals and key issues for the Gulf and are formulating strategies to address them in both countries.
An initial workshop, held October 14-15, 2010 in Veracruz, Mexico, focused on differences and similarities between the two countries’ environmental, civil and social challenges, as well as the potential for creating a counterpart for GOMA on the Mexican side. The group considered the GOMA priority issues in light of the variation in socioeconomic, policy and environmental contexts of the two countries. A second workshop on International Integration was integrated into a meeting of Mexico’s Large Marine Ecosystem effort held February 21-23, 2011 in Veracruz.
As the international network develops, pilot projects will ultimately bring methods and resources from both sides of the border into play to catalyze binational working relationships and ecosystem-based management. In the course of the first workshops two technical areas were identified by participants as ripe for binational collaboration: Sea-level Rise Assessment and Regional Sediment Management (RSM). The International Integration Workshop on Sea-level Rise was held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico October 21 – 23, 2013 (view agenda and presentations here). The RSM workshop will occur in 2014. The purpose of both workshops is to clearly identify opportunities for binational collaboration, to include projects that partners can pool resources do together. For more information email Mike Smith.
GoMex International newsletter – A newsletter was established to stimulate an ongoing discussion among the participants.
Presentations from 2010 International Integration Workshop (pdf):
Monitoring the BP Oil Spill in Mexico section of Gulf – Dr. Margarita Caso
Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable A.C.
Hidrometeorological Disasters in Veracruz 2010
Public Health & Civil Protection in the Gulf of Mexico (USA) – Mike Smith/GMF
Gulf Habitat Conservation & Restoration – Anaid Velasco & Jordan Diamond