North American economic integration, principally through the North American Free Trade Agreement, is creating important changes in many aspects of Canadian-United States-Mexican relations. One of the important areas affected by these changes is the environment. In Environmental Management on North America's Borders Richard Kiy and John D. Wirth have brought together a collection of timely studies written by experienced practitioners in border affairs that provide an introduction to the range of environmental issues on both borders and an understanding of the dynamics now transforming North America. Rather than examining only one border, or part of a border, at a time, this volume treats the two borders as one conceptual unit. Kiy and Wirth argue that the patterns of local participation and coalition-building are harbingers of an emerging North American community. Environmental Management on North America's Borders will be a particularly useful volume in the fields of environmental management and North American border studies. It can also serve as an important overview of these issues for those interested in the environment, NAFTA, and the concept of continental or regional integration.
RICHARD KIY, director for environmental information systems of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), has previously served as a specialist on border affairs with the U.S. EPA.JOHN D. WIRT is Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies at Stanford University and president of the North American Institute.