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Visiting BCEP Professor, Victor M. Tafur, presented at the 4th World Conservation Congress held by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Barcelona this October.
In October, Victor M. Tafur, BCEP's Visiting Professor of Environmental Law, attended the 4th World Conservation Congress held by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as part of Pace Law School's delegation to the event. IUCN, which celebrated its 60th anniversary, is the largest international environmental body, comprising both governments and environmental NGOs.
In Barcelona, Prof. Tafur presented the Latin American perspective in a panel discussion on the potential, risks and solutions of biofuels to a packed room and with an excellent panel of speakers. In addition, Prof. Tafur, handled the negotiations for the two resolutions that were introduced on biofuels, one calling for a moratorium on large scale and industrial biofuels productiong projects and on subsidies for all biofuels projects (sponsored by the Sierra Club), and another for the adoption of standards. Attempts to reconcile them were unsuccessful, so in the end both were passed although the Sierra Club's proposal now calls for appropriate regulatory structures to be put in place where large-scale monoculture biofuel production is existing or planned, as well as social, environmental and human right impact assessments.
Victor Tafur, holds a doctorate in Environmental Law from Pace Law School and currently serves as Riverkeeper's Senior Attorney. BCEP and Pace Law School offer a joint degree program.
Bard Center for Environmental Policy
This event was last updated on 01-20-2009