Colin Crawford visits Technological Institute of Central America in El Salvador to Introduce Environmental Law Certificate Curriculum

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Due to his work as principal investigator on the Central America Free Trade Agreement - Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) Environmental Law Capacity Building grant project funded by Higher Education for Development (HED) and USAID, Tulane Law School's Payson Center for International Development Executive Director, Colin Crawford was invited to visit the Technological Institute of Central America (ITCA-FEPADE) in San Salvador, El Salvador from December 3-5, 2012. ITCA is the product of a public-private partnership between the Salvadoran government and its private business sector and trains thousands of Salvadorans at five campuses across the country, giving them technical trainings and making them job-ready.

This workshop followed a week of similar trainings by Professor Crawford in Guatemala for teachers and master's students one environmental law and environmental management at Mariano Gálvez University.

During his productive visit, Prof. Crawford gave a widely-publicized lecture on the role of the private sector in reducing and managing natural hazards on the ITCA-FEPADE campus and facilitated two inter-active workshops for ITCA faculty and administrators on the subject of climate change, law and policy.  At the start of Prof. Crawford's stay, he signed a letter of agreement, on behalf of the Payson Center, with ITCA's Director, Elsy Escolar SantoDomingo, to introduce the environmental law certificate program curriculum developed in collaboration with the Central American and Dominican Republic university grant project partners. Project partners include Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (UNIBE), the Universidad Rafael Landívar, in Guatemala City, Guatemala (URL) and the Universidad Paulo Freire in Managua, Nicaragua.

"One of the great satisfactions of these workshops in Guatemala and El Salvador," reflected Prof. Crawford, "is that we worked with mostly non-law professionals, including architects, engineers and business people, to demonstrate that environmental law and policy is a matter that needs to concern all of us, whether public or private workers, in any walk of life."  Prof. Crawford further explained that this curriculum will be made available to anyone who wishes to use it, as will the accompanying teacher's manual.


Videos courtesy of ITCA-FEPADE


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