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On May 2-4, 2018, the binational workshop: “Improving Sustainability in Mexico-US Transboundary Arid lands was held at the IPICYT (Science and Technology Institute, San Luis Potosi, Mexico). Hosted by the National Academies of Science of both the US and Mexico, the workshop was chaired by Christopher Scott, Director of the Udall Center and Director of the CAZMEX Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments at the University of Arizona.
Meetings and presentations were given by experts from different universities and research centers. Several science programs and policies were proposed to address ecology, water resources, economy, human development, social vulnerability, governance and innovation challenges in the transboundary drylands between the US and Mexico. The outcomes included the establishment of baseline of research topics to be developed in the following upcoming months. The next steps will consist of seeking participation from other professionals to review the outcomes and finalize an integrated workshop report and to pursue a binational, bilingual consensus study on transboundary drylands by the US and Mexican Academies of Science.