Partnering with the Organization for Tropical Studies and UF’s Tropical Conservation and Development Program
The UF Law Costa Rica Program partners with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and the UF Center for Latin American Studies Tropical Conservation and Development Program, building interdisciplinary bridges between law, policy and the social and natural science of conservation and sustainable development. With administrative offices, classrooms and three internationally renowned field stations in Costa Rica, OTS is a consortium of U.S. and international universities and institutions focused on tropical research and education. Using OTS field stations as our policy laboratory, we will explore the issues of sustainable development through the lens of the ecosystems and communities that surround the stations at La Selva, Palo Verde and Las Cruces.
A skills emphasis: Practicums lie at the heart of the Program. Law and graduate students from the U.S., Costa Rica and elsewhere develop their knowledge and skills through an integrated, suite of courses that coalesce around efforts to find practical, policy-relevant solutions to issues of immediate importance to the conservation and sustainable development community. To see past program practicums click on the project spotlight sidebar.
A field-based approach: For policymakers and those advising them, conservation and sustainable development issues are best understood where they occur. Each week the Program will embark on extended visits to OTS field stations and their neotropical context – rivers, wetlands, forests (wet, dry and cloud), beaches and mountains. We will also visit indigenous communities, meet with farmers and land owners, and encounter unique sustainable development projects – all grist for collaborative problem-solving approaches.
Testimonials: Click here to learn more about what the Program’s 2014 students thought.
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