Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America

By James Loucky; Donald K. Alper et al. | Go to book overview

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BINATIONAL GOVERNANCE OF MARINE
WATERS: THE GEORGIA BASIN–PUGET
SOUND EXAMPLE

J.C. Day and K.S. Calbick


Abstract

A widespread phenomenon during recent decades has been the need to confront environmental degradation by creating more effective institutional arrangements for planning and management. This task is made more difficult in shared binational environments. Following the discovery in both Washington State and British Columbia of widespread pollution in the vicinity of major urban and industrial centres in the mid-1970s, both jurisdictions adopted a variety of institutions and programs in an effort to ensure sustainable environmental quality. This paper compares initiatives adopted to manage water quality on both sides of the border and traces the evolution of binational arrangements that evolved to incorporate a variety of ecosystem components. It also assesses the effectiveness of the existing institutional arrangements for sustainable water and environmental

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