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Summer field course in Costa Rica

Research Achievements

Summer field course in Costa Rica

The summer AMw3-IGERT field course joined with the UF Levin College of law's Costa Rica Conservation Clinic. IGERT Students and US law students worked on projects principally focused on the governance of Costa Rica's freshwater and marine resources including: working with NGOs on a citizen-driven initiative to reform Costa Rica's antiquated 1942 water law, including draft language for the protection of Costa Rica's "wild and scenic" rivers, creating a handbook on responsible sport fishing, and reviewing international human rights and environmental law related to the construction of hydropower dams. The program stresses the integration of biophysical and social sciences and engineering with law to develop novel legal approaches that advance conservation in the region. In addition students took courses in International & Comparative Environmental Law and Comparative and International Watershed Management