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Looking at AEBR’s activities outside the European continent, many successful achievements have been fulfilled in the last semester of 2018. In September, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) implemented several activities in Latin America: it participated in an Andean Seminar on Sustainable Development and CBC organised by the Andean Community (CAN) in Tulcán, Ecuador; to identify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in border areas in Ipiales, Colombia; and another one on Cross-Border Smart Specialization Strategies in Latin America in Tulcán, Ecuador. AEBR also held an additional event to build a CBC strategy for the Pacific Area of the Ecuador-Colombia border. To realise these set of activities, AEBR has deepened collaborative relationships with many local governments in the region.

On occasion of the events in Tulcán on SDG for the Andean Region, AEBR co-organised an initial workshop in the framework of the INPANDES project (Participatory Regional Integration Project in the Andean Community), a collaboration between CAN and the European Union. The aim to bring together the participants of the projects implemented under INPANDES and local and regional governments involved was a successful endeavour and AEBR had the chance to illustrate various examples of cross-border experiences in Europe for a broader audience.

AEBR, together with the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) and the United Regions Organization-Forum of Global Associations of Regions (ORU FOGAR), carried out also another workshop addressing employees of the regional governments of Carchi and Imbabura (border provinces of Ecuador) and Nariño (border Department of Colombia) to assist local authorities in coordinating common policies for the border region between Ecuador and Colombia. More information on this activity is available here:

In October, AEBR took part in a forum on international water basins management, held in Puno (Peru), where closer ties between European and Latin American experiences were forged with the aim to strengthen AEBR Task Force on Water Management. Furthermore, experts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia and Peru were trained in cross-border cooperation logics by the Association, through a collaboration agreement signed with the Lake Titicaca Authority (ALT).

Also in September (which was a very busy month for the Association), AEBR organised a seminar about the role of women in the peace building process between Israel and Palestine, in which approximately twenty organisations from Jerusalem took part, analysing the possibilities of CBCpaliar with gender perspective in order to alleviate conflicts in Near East.

Moreover, in 2018, relations with Brazil have been restarted, after being conditioned for a few years by the economic and political and social difficulties that have been experienced in that country. Thus, cross-border cooperation experiences of the regions of Galicia and North of Portugal were presented in the Brazil-Argentina border, while in December, a delegation of local representatives and businesspeople from Brazil and Argentina visited the PAMINA Eurodistrict and other cooperation structures in France and Germany.

The Association of European Border Regions engaged again in Latin America in December on occasion of the commemoration of the peace agreement between Peru and Ecuador coordinated by Plan Binacional, a bilateral CBC plan with two branches in Ecuador and Peru. The seminar Opportunities and Challengers for the integration and the development in the south border of Ecuador offered an opportunity to reflect on the development of cross- border cooperation in the region.

AEBR participated also in the closing event of INPANDES project, where AEBR’s Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez attended the workshops together with the coordinator of AEBR Global Initiative, Jose María Cruz, and two representatives of AEBR member regions (Andalucía and Norte Portugal).

Finally, two books have been recently published in this framework. With the support of Extremadura, AEBR has promoted the publication of the book “Integración y paradiplomacia transfronteriza” (Cross-border Integration and Paradiplomacy), which gathers and analyses Latin American cross-border cooperation experiences. Another book, in collaboration with the Institute of Development and Cooperation of the Complutense University of Madrid, aspires to be the first publication dealing with Cross-Border Cooperation for Development. You can find more information about these publications in the respective section of AEBR Newsflash Winter 2019.

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