The magnitude of contemporary global economic developments and the gravity of environmental dilemmas underline how the capacity and health of natural systems are increasingly linked to the priorities and institutional arrangements of human communities. People are compelled to think and act in new ways, including through engaging more actively in international research and civic activities. Emerging from this sense of urgency as well as optimism about the potential synergies of cross-border efforts, this book represents a collaboration among scholars in the three countries of North America. Seeds for this book were nurtured further through a workshop on “Border Bio-Regions and Coastal Corridors” held in Bellingham, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, in October 2001. Critical support was provided by a trinational grant awarded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, of the U.S. Department of State, to Western Washington University, Simon Fraser University, and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF).
Many people contributed to the success of the transboundary activities reported in this book and to the book itself. The initial spark was set by Jorge Bustamante, founder of COLEF, who envisioned a time when cross-border and trinational knowledge would become standard for preparing new policy researchers in the countries of North America. We are grateful for the consistent support provided by Maria Urbina of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Viva Barnes, Administrative Services Manager in the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University, has been invaluable throughout the course of our efforts. We are also grateful to