The Binational Resilience Initiative has resulted in:
Inaugural nonprofits supported
Building Cross-Border Resilience
A partnership of San Diego Foundation and the International Community Foundation, the Binational Resilience Initiative places geographic focus on the Cali-Baja coastline region that spans from Oceanside in North San Diego County in the U.S. to Ensenada in Northern Baja California, Mexico.
This is the largest economic zone along the U.S.-Mexico border and generates a regional GDP of $250 billion, an estimated $70 billion in cross-border trade flows and more than 90 million people crossing the border each year.
This initiative addresses our cross-border region’s climate vulnerabilities by empowering binational collaborations between civil organizations, scientists, community leaders and other stakeholders.
The Binational Resilience Initiative helps to:
Improve Coastal Resilience
Fund pilot green infrastructure projects like wetlands restoration to help the region weather the impacts of climate change such as coastal flooding and shoreline erosion
Reduce Pollution Impacts
Work with partners to innovate and reduce the presence of pollution in the binational lower Tijuana River watershed to create healthier oceans and waterways on both sides of the border
Champion Local Leadership
Strengthen binational, regional leadership by collaborating and making decisions with members of communities that are inequitably affected by climate change
Build a Knowledge Base
Conduct new research to expand the understanding of our binational coastal resilience needs, helping to inform and support better decision-making for community leaders and policymakers
Thanks to our Partners
The Binational Resilience Initiative is a partnership of San Diego Foundation and International Community Foundation.
Funders for the initiative include The Builders Initiative and Alumbra Innovations Foundation, which together seeded the initiative with $1,975,000 in combined funding. Other project partners include Resilient Cities Catalyst and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative housed at the Nonprofit Institute of the University of San Diego.
San Diego Foundation Offers $750K in Grants to Support Cali-Baja Coastal Resilience
Partnering to Build Resilience in Cali-Baja
Binational Resilience Initiative Launches with $294K in Grants to Advance Cali-Baja Coastal Preservation
The Importance of Building a Resilient Binational Coast