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US - Netherlands Connection Policy Program
June 14-18, 2011

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US Netherlands Policy Team in Vlislingen at site of WWII Monument, June 14, 2011

USNCPolicyTeam-UNESCO-IHE's Jan Luijendijk explianing the Dutch Water System
UNESCO-IHE's Jan Luijendijk explaining the Dutch Water System, June 15,2011

Part of the US-Netherthlands Policy Team at Knight's Hall,
outside the Parliment Courtyard, The Haug, June 14, 2011



LL.M. Program Comparative Water Law Short Course
May 23rd-May 26th, 2011

Kinderdijk May 25,2011
As part of St. Thomas University's LL.M. Program in Environmental sustainability, students are currently visiting the Netherlands and participating in a short course on Comparative Water Law.

Monday began at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, The Netherlands with morning lectures and after lunch we departured for Rijkswaterstaat (Part of Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment).   Dr. Eric Boessenkool provided us with an overview and introduction on Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Water Management and the EU. Plus we were shown a more indepth presentation on the Water Framework Directive and Nature 2000.

Tuesday included an introduction to the institute and scope of work of Deltares (a research organization that's an ecological pioneer in inventing the " Building with Nature Concept")Cees van de Guchte, Head Climate Adaptation and Risk Management. Students are being given opportunities to see transboundary water management and governance issues involving the Netherlands and Germany. A special thank you to the many Dutch experts, including Dr. Aline te Linde, Dr. Nathalie Asselman and Dr. Ruud Hoogendoorn.

Our whirlwind learning tour continued Wednesday with windmills at Kinderdijk, Port of Rotterdam, the museum of Futureland, and a ferry to Rotterdam Measlantbarrier

Maeslant Barrier new visitor center has maps and illustrations built into the floor. 
Very cool.

The Measlantbarrier at Hoek van Holland construction and presentation had us marvel at the power and force of nature recognizing man's ability to create workability where nothing existed. 

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Maeslant Barrier, The Netherlands May 25, 2011

The Province of Zeeland was another full day, Thursday, of exploring what works and what doesn't work. A historical overview of 1953 Flood and tour of the Flood Disaster Museum/Watersnood Museum was glaring evidence of what doesn't work. Fortunately creative thinkers have made a huge difference with the Delta Project, the Eastern Scheldt Project/ Oosterschelde project in particular and the Dutch masterpiece in technology, the Storm Surge Barrier .

Professor Light, Director of the LL.M. Program in Environmental Sustainability, University of St. Thomas, Stan Bronson of Florida Earth Foundation and Garth Redfield of SF Water Management continue to impact global learning and collaberation particularly with water issues and climate change.

It was great to have the University of South Florida students and Dr. Daniel Yeh  join the program since they were already in the Netherlands on another project. To go to their website, please click here.


Florida Earth Foundations director, Stan Bronson, celebrated Earth Day 2011 at Palm Beach State College's as part of their Sustainabliity Initiative. Read complete article in Our Wonderful World.

Earth Day poster award winner and judges

Earth Day poster contest winner and panel of judges 
(including our own Stan Bronson)

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