May 14, 2014
Mark Davis, Tulane Law School senior research fellow and director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, talks with Marie-Pierre Meganck, head of international and European affairs/risk prevention within the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, after a May 14 program on coastal protection.
French Consul General Jean Claude Brunet discusses his country’s interest in dealing with coastal protection and prevention to open a May 14 program at Tulane Law School.
With more than 2,100 miles of coastline, France has been lashed by hurricane-force winds, too.
And the French have sought to learn from Louisiana’s experiences in handling storm recovery and damage prevention, Jean Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in New Orleans, told a gathering at Tulane Law School on May 14.
Despite different magnitudes of scale, dealing with coastal protection, climate change and other environmental concerns “are global issues and global challenges,” Brunet said.
French experts on coastline management, natural disaster prevention, urban planning and other areas shared their perspectives during a multidisciplinary program examining how researchers and planners from France and Louisiana are approaching coastal challenges.
The program was co-hosted by Tulane Law School, the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy and the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research and included presentations from Tulane experts on coastal and water policy.
Dean David Meyer noted that the program was part of a series of ongoing collaborations between Tulane and the French Embassy and French Consulate.
The connections between France and New Orleans “are not just a matter of history to us. They’re very much a part of our lifeblood here at Tulane Law School,” Meyer said.