David B. Farer, co-Chair of the firm’s Environmental Department and a Fellow and past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), recently represented the College at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ACOEL and the largest environmental foundation in Cuba, the Foundation Antonio Nunez Jimenez of Nature and Humanity.
The MOU was signed at a formal ceremony in Havana, Cuba on February 14, 2019. The Foundation, also known as FANJ, is a non-governmental institution engaged in research and advancement of environmental projects and programs from both scientific and cultural perspectives.
In an April 18, 2019 blog post on the ACOEL website, Mr. Farer writes: “For several years, the Cuba Working Group of the ACOEL International Pro Bono Committee has been making concerted efforts to establish a formal relationship with a Cuban entity that will allow Fellows of the College to engage in pro bono activities to assist the Cuban people in addressing particular environmental concerns and issues.”
In the post, Mr. Farer notes that under the MOU, ACOEL and FANJ are looking forward to exploring “the contributions that each organization's Fellows and representatives can make to the other, including development of training on specific topics in environmental law, participation in events and advice on capacity building, and in sharing the knowledge and experience of the representatives and Fellows of the two organizations.”
The complete blog post can be viewed at: ACOEL Blog