The Joint Program Environmental Law Clinic
mesoamerican 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 Mesoamerican Biological Corridor represents an ambitious effort to maintain, restore and preserve a continuous intercontinental habitat connection between North and South America. The project is administered by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development and funded by a variety of sources including the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) pursuant to the Biodiversity Convention. Participating nations, including Costa Rica, are pursuing national corridor implementation plans. Working with the Tropical Science Center in San Jose, Costa Rica, a team from the Clinic set out to investigate the extent to which transnational corridor policies are being carried out locally in a region known as the San Juan La Selva Corridor. The project team included UF PhD student Luis Ramos, Costa Rica environmental law master’s candidate Viviana Gutiérrez, Peruvian attorney and E-LAW fellow, Alberto Barandiarán, and University of Denver law student Ilan Salzberg. The team concluded that local implementation of regional corridor policy remains weak and is not adequately integrated into regional and local planning through the planning law framework of “ordenamiento territorial.” Their final report, including conclusions and recommendations can be found below.
Implementación del Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano en la Región de Sarapiqui: Un Estudio de la Funcionalidad del Marco Legal de Ordenamiento Territorial en el Corredor Biológico San Juan/La Selva (Spanish & English mixed – 623 kb PDF)