In Puerto Rico: The 6th National Association of Environmental Law Conference

The National Association of Environmental Law [ANDA: Asociación Nacional de Derecho Ambiental] is hosting their 6th environmental conference from March 23 to April 5, 2011, at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Law School.

Organized around the theme “Organic Farming, Food Sovereignty and Public Policies for a Sustainable Puerto Rico,” the conference will include key note speakers, panel sessions, workshops, field trips, and film screenings, and an “Ecological Lunch” by Chef Rebecca. The opening key note speech is by Nelson Alvarez Febles, specialist in organic farming and rural sustainability, and author of El huerto casero [The Home Garden] and La tierra viva [The Living Land], will take place on March 23, 2011, at 7:30pm. His talk will focus on agronomic and economic viability of organic farming and its social, environmental and economic implications; sustainability; proper use of Puerto Rico’s soils; food sovereignty food; and family-run ecological farms.

Other talks will include a video interview with Dr. Miguel Altieri, professor of ecological agriculture, agroforestry, and urban agriculture at the University of California-Berkeley, who will focus on the international context of ecological agriculture. Among other works, he is author of the influential book: Bases científicas de la agroecología [Scientific Basis for Agro-Ecology].

ANDA, Inc. is a non-profit center for environmental law, aimed at facilitating access to judicial fairness to low-income sectors and promoting community empowerment.  ANDA aims to achieve a Puerto Rico in which anyone, without discrimination, may have access active participation in environmental decision-making processes, obtain the same degree of protection against environmental risks, and enjoy equitable access to natural resources.

ANDA developed in 2005 as a student organization at the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).  Since then, ANDA has provided support services and education on environmental regulation to communities throughout the island. Through its activities, ANDA has had an impact on the university community and Puerto Rican society at large. The student division of the American Bar Association (A.B.A.) recognized ANDA with the Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2007 for its efforts in public service. In order to support the evolution of ANDA’s student work to professional practice, they have instituted a law firm, as a non-profit corporation that works toward ensuring greater access to human rights and fairness in environmental cases.

For additional information, you may contact Salvador Coleman Tió by calling (787) 221-8846, or writing to

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