Environmental Justice Community –Based Mapping at the U.S.-México Border

Authors: Carolina Prado*, San Jose State University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environment, Latin America
Keywords: environmental justice, community mapping, urban planning, GIS, U.S.-México border region, Mexico
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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At the U.S.-México border, environmental justice issues reflect a region where there is both socio-economic and ecological continuity while there is a core-periphery relationship between the two countries. This project, based in Tijuana, México, was initiated by members of the Chilpancingo Collective for Environmental Justice in 2015. In an effort to document community members’ environmental and health concerns in the Eastern Tijuana region we posed the question: What types of environmental health priorities belong in the regional urban plan? We used GPS technology to go throughout six Eastern Tijuana neighborhoods and mark the environmental health priorities to present to Tijuana’s urban planning agency IMPLAN. In 2017, we engaged in a second round of on the ground mapping. My paper will (1) present the results of these community mapping efforts, through the lens of border environmental justice, and (2) analyze the role of community-based mapping in border environmental justice organizing. This project, at the intersection of Latinx studies, border studies, and geography is an important contribution to the field though a community-based participatory methodology.

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