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Nicaraguan Biodiversity Specialist To Speak On Trade Policy and Environment

Rachel Bouvier
USM Assistant Professor of Economics

Julio Sanchez, regional coordinator for the Central American Alliance for the Protection of Biodiversity, will speak on “Trade Policy and the Environment: On the Ground in Latin America” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, October 17, in Room 102 of Wishcamper Hall on USM’s Portland campus. Sanchez will discuss the environment and human rights in Central America. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 207-228-8377.

Sanchez conducts research on food security and genetically modified foods, free trade agreements and their effects, and biodiversity for the Humboldt Center in Managua, Nicaragua. He will explore with the audience the connections between U.S. policy, the environment, and immigration.

Witness for Peace New England, USM’s Department of Economics, Muskie School of Public Service, and the Departments of Geography and Sociology are hosting this event. Witness for Peace is nationwide grassroots organization committed to nonviolence. Its roots stretch back to 1983, when a group of people, growing into the thousands, banded together in response to the US-funded Contra war in Nicaragua. Their mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information go to: Witness for Peace .