The year begins on February 22, 2021 with a major Zoom conference co-sponsored by the Cuba Program, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), and the Fundación Antonio Nuñez Jiménez (FANJ), to analyze past Cuba-US cooperation on environmental and sustainability issues. Speakers will include leading experts from Cuba and the US exploring current challenges to cooperation. The conference will consist of two zoom sessions and there will be simultaneous translation.
This work will be initiated via discussions on February 22, 2021, in two webinars open to experts, academics, students, as well as the general public. The foci of the two are:
HISTORY & CONTEXT: 10 AM-12:30 PM, MODERATOR, DAN WHITTLE, EDF. Prospects for strengthening and deepening environmental dialogue and cooperation between Cuba and the US. including facilitating cooperation among academics, scientists, and other experts, as well as non-governmental organizations.
ACTIONS & STRATEGIES: 1:30-4 PM, MODERATORS, DAVID FARER, ACOEL & YOCIEL MARERRO, FANJ Discussion of opportunities for the sponsoring organizations/institutions/agencies/groups in both countries to work collaboratively on particular issues or projects in furtherance of environmental cooperation and development of ideas for an action agenda for lawyers, environmentalists, scientists, scholars, students, and faculty to provide and obtain project-oriented expertise including the provision of pro bono services.
The concluding discussion will focus on recommendations to be disseminated to relevant interest groups for discussion,
elaboration, and action.