Cross Border Approach
Pioneering a Cross Border Approach
Whereas each individual country may have its own specific national priorities and programs, the development of cross-border areas cannot be tackled through national programs alone, as it demands cross-border collaboration and involves coordinated interventions.
Cross-border cooperation recognizes that changes on one side of the border can have spill over effects, positive or negative on the other sides of the border. It facilitates the possibility of ecosystem-based management, which is an effective approach that recognizes the full array of interactions within an ecological zone, in a collective and holistic manner, based on considerations of the requirements, available resources and development possibilities of the cross-border area in question. By working together, communities in cross-border areas can jointly identify and address the specific challenges that they share while exploiting opportunities presented by the cross-border area that they share. Cross-border cooperation facilitates the generation of social capital, trust and mutual understanding among the communities on all sides of the borders. Such cooperation contributes to the stability and prosperity for all involved parties.