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Balancing the Bonfire

BALANCING CARBON: BONFIRES OF THE INSANITIES Thomas T. Ankersen, Director, University of Florida Conservation Clinic The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol mandate reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, and SF6) that contribute to global warming. The most significant of the these gases in terms […]

Caimans, Crocs and Communities: Rescuing an Endangered Wetland

In Summer 2003, Asociación Ambiental VIDA, a Costa Rican conservation NGO commissioned the Conservation Clinic to assist it with policy issues associated with Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. (Ramsar, Iran, 1971). Established as a Ramsar site on January 27, 1991, Caño Negro is a shallow freshwater […]

The Eastern Pacific Marine Biological Corridor: The Legal Basis for an International Network of Marine Protected Areas

In the Spring of 2004 UF Law student Alan Hawkins enrolled in the UF Law Conservation Clinic and commenced distance work with the Costa Rica NGO Mar Viva on a project to promote the creation of a four nation marine biological corridor. The ambitious governmentally sanctioned project would extend from the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador […]

The MesoAmerican Biological Corridor: Law and Local Implementation

The Joint Program Environmental Law Clinic Consultorio Juridico Ambiental The MesoAmerican Biological Corridor: Law and Local Implementation Luis Ramos, UF PhD, and Ilan Salzberg, U. Denver Law, present their project results in a practice session at UCR law school prior to a formal presentation at the Tropical Science Center, in San Jose, Costa Rica The […]

North Central Florida Environmental Summit

gopher tortoise by John Moran In the Spring of 2002, in conjunction with the annual public interest environmental conference, the Conservation Clinic convened the North Central Florida Environmental Summit. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together grass roots and state environmental groups working in the 16 county region of North Central Florida. More […]

Plan Colombia Resources

Result of fumigation on agricultural plants Resources: Provisions for Aerial Eradication of Coca and Poppy in Colombia Under U.S. Law: A Report in Two Parts by Astrid Puentes, LL.M. Thomas Ruppert, J.D. Candidate (pdf 969 kb) PART I A Legal Analysis of Information Necessary for Compliance with Congressional Conditions on Funding of Aerial Fumigations PART […]

Something Fishy Here: ISO 14001 Certification Case

Thomas Ruppert, UF Law, Quilla Trimmer-Smith, UF Law, Holly Berman, U Denver, Gladys Martinez, 5 L, UCR Derecho Banana production ranks behind tourism as Costa Rica’s second largest industry. Bananas are grown as a plantation monoculture crop with heavy inputs of pesticides and fertilizers. Much of the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica has been converted […]


For the last few years the rapid loss of recreational and working waterfronts that have historically formed part of the culture of many Florida towns and cities on the coast has prompted efforts to protect such waterfronts. In both 2005 and 2006 the Florida Legislature acknowledged this problem and sought to address it. Much of […]


As more users flock to Florida waterways, conflicts have increased. From debates about what constitutes exercise of the rights of navigation to deciding who pays for dredging, many difficult topics confront those charged with managing our waterways. In 2006 the Florida Legislature began addressing some of these issues. The Legislature limited the ability of local […]