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NMSU geography professor to discuss pros and cons of binational watersheds

In a talk hosted by New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies, geography professor Christopher Brown will explore both challenges and opportunities of binational watersheds on the U.S.-Canadian border.

?Dr. Brown?s work expands our general understanding of the importance of border studies,? said Inigo Garcia-Bryce, director of the center. ?Because of our location, we tend to focus on the U.S.-Mexico border. The study of a different border will enrich the public?s view of borders by offering a comparative perspective.?

Brown?s presentation titled ?Environmental diplomacy and community-based efforts to enhance resilience of the Lake Champlain Basin ecosystem? will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

?The socio-ecological framework to natural resource management that the Nobel Prize winning economist Elinor Orstrom developed has proven to be very useful in examining a range of resource management issues,? said Brown, who also serves as geography department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?In this talk, I will explore its usefulness in the binational context of the Lake Champlain Basin, a watershed of critical importance to people living in both the U.S. and Canada, taking a distinctly geographic approach.?

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anja Hansen at anjah@nmsu.edu.