Mexico to Costa Rica

by Carla Garcia Zendejas on November 24, 2010

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

It has stopped raining and we are having our first hint of blue skies in days. I’ve been going through email and making sure my laptop is ready for travel. It is time for dear friends and environmental lawyers from around the world to come together for our next ELAW Annual Meeting. On this occasion we will meet in Costa Rica, at Punta Leona in the canton of Garabito in Puntarenas. Approximately 100 souls from 30 countries will be sitting together computers in hand as always, to share our latest news on environmental advocacy, litigation and deep struggles from the trenches.

These are the moments we crave for, to meet face to face after years of digital communication, of pdf attachments and legal memoranda. Yes Costa Rica is a beautiful place to meet, and there will be lovely opportunities to enjoy the fantastic landscape we will have to enjoy. But I know –and am quite sure– that conversations will drag on for hours on end, be it on sand or water or luscious green, about environmental law, about legal strategy and about how to improve the environment. For even though we will be encouraged to play, most of us will work just as hard or harder, precisely because we know that our work, from Kenya to Haiti and Malaysia to Spain has direct bearing on protecting stunning and fragile places such as this.

I look forward to sharing experiences from next week’s meeting.

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