Golden Gate University Law Review


Fredric Evenson


This article provides a brief history and general overview of Cuba's environmental legal system describing the contemporary framework of environmental laws, and the governmental and non-governmental institutions responsible for its creation, implementation, and enforcement. To illustrate how Cuba's environmental regulatory scheme is designed 'to operate, focus is directed on environmental requirements of foreign investment projects and the related fields of environmental licensing, environmental impact assessment, state environmental inspection, and civil responsibility. This article concludes that Cuba's new framework environmental law and revised institutional structure are significant expressions of the government's desire to protect the environment. The recent changes in these laws have established a strong legal framework which, if fully implemented and enforced, should enhance and protect the island's natural resources.