Andrew A. Irvine of Andrew A. Irvine, P.C. has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ecuador in environmental and natural resources law the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. The Press Release concerning Irvine’s award can be found here: Fulbright-Press-Release. The Abstract for Irvine’s proposed research project “Implementing an Effective Legal Framework to Eliminate Illegal Mining in Ecuador” is presented as follows:
Abstract: The absence of legal frameworks governing artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) results in illegal mining operations plagued by economic, social, health, and environmental problems. New legislation in Ecuador regulating ASM provides the framework to solve these problems, but the law’s practical impact has been limited. By researching implementation of the new law, this project will determine the reasons the impact has been limited and recommend actions to improve the law and its implementation. The goal is to build an effective legal framework in Ecuador to protect, educate, and train ASM workers, and enable ASM to be a path out of poverty. On a global scale, this framework could be used as a template for other countries to establish ASM as a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible means of livelihood.