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BECC, along with its sister institution the North American Development Bank (NADB), established by the same agreement and headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, are charged with helping to improve the environmental conditions of the U.S.-Mexico border region in order to advance the well-being of residents in both nations. The scope of their mandate and the specific functions of each institution are defined in the agreement between the two governments(the “Charter”), as amended in August 2004.

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To preserve, protect and enhance human health and the environment of the US - Mexico border region, by strengthening cooperation among interested parties and supporting sustainable projects through a transparent binational process in close coordination with NADB, federal, state and local agencies, the private sector, and the general public.


BECC is a strategic, visionary and innovative organization capable of leading the efforts of border communities to accomplish their environmental and public health goals. Our leadership arises from technical excellence, team work and effective programs and projects management.

Project Certification

BECC works in close coordination with NADB and other border stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies, the private-sector and the general public, to identify, develop, certify and implement environmental infrastructure projects primarily in five key sectors:

Board of Directors

The Charter also establishes a single, ten-member Board of Directors to govern the two institutions. The bi-national Board is comprised of three representatives from each government, a representative of a border state from each country, and a representative of the general public who resides in the border region from each country.


BECC focuses on the technical, environmental, and social aspects of project development, while NADB concentrates on project financing and oversight for project implementation. Both entities offer various types of technical assistance to support the development and long-term sustainability of these projects.