Projects presented for project development, certification and financing must constitute an environmental infrastructure project. Consistent with the original Charter, BECC and NADB will prioritize those projects that provide maximum environmental benefits to the border community.
An environmental infrastructure project is defined as:
A project that will: prevent, control or reduce environmental pollutants, or improve the drinking water supply, or protect flora and fauna. Provided that such projects also: improve human health, or promote sustainable development, or contribute to a higher quality of life.
Consistent with this definition, projects addressed by BECC and NADB include, but are not limited to the following environmental sectors:
Projects must be located in the U.S.‐Mexico border region, which is defined as the area in the United States that is within 100 kilometers and the area in Mexico that is within 300 kilometers of the international boundary. Projects located outside the border region may be considered by the Board of Directors if the project would remedy a transboundary environmental or health problem.
To be eligible for certification, a project shall observe or be capable of observing the environmental and other laws and regulations of the place where it is to be located or executed, including necessary operating permits, licenses, and other regulatory requirements related to land acquisition and rights‐of‐way. Project sponsors must have the legal authority to develop the project, provide the proposed services and/or receive financing. Additionally, the project’s conformance to any applicable international treaties and agreements must be documented.