McGeorge School of Law

Transboundary Freshwater Ecosystem Restoration experts see need for more public-private partnerships

September 14, 2006

The 24th Annual McGeorge International Law Conference, “Transboundary Freshwater Ecosystem Restoration: The Role of Law, Process, and Lawyers,” held February 18, 19 on campus, featured more than two 20 international water law and environmental law authorities.

“We learned about the shared challenges and opportunities faced by watersheds in regions as diverse as the Balkans, the Jordan River, the Great Lakes, and the lower Colorado River,” said Professor Gregory S. Weber, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, who led and organized the conference with the assistance of Professor George Gould. “One key message repeated throughout the presentations was that robust solutions to complex problems often emerge only through active collaboration among public and private-sector stakeholders,” said Weber.

Professor Steve McCaffrey, who had just returned from a consulting trip to Ramallah, the West Bank, and Entebbe, Uganda, and University of the Pacific ecology professor Gregory Anderson were among first-day speakers who explored ecosystem restoration law and process issues.