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Challenges to advancing wetlands conservation proposals include:
- Multiplicity of jurisdictions (U.S., Mexico, Cocopah Tribe; local and state entities in both countries) and a complex geopolitical situation.
- Water for the environment is often subjugated to urban and agricultural needs, especially as climate change, drought, and policy decisions contribute to water supply shortages.
- * Colorado River policy making often excludes Mexican communities and policymakers, contributing to an environment that is conflictive rather than cooperative.
- National security concerns along the border, coupled with a tightened immigration and drug interdiction policy, have taken precedence over environmental concerns.
- Insufficient recognition of the link between a sound ecosystem and healthy regional economies, built in part on nature tourism.
- Riparian/wetland areas within the Delta region are an integral part of the cultural fabric of communities’ lives.
- Local communities utilize the wetlands for recreational reasons, such as family picnics and outings, as well as for ecotourism, hunting and fishing, and cultural reasons.
- Local binational communities believe that climate change and drought are increasingly threatening the health of the Delta ecosystem. They favor bilateral (U.S./Mexico) government action to preserve the riparian areas for the benefit of future generations.