Undelivered intervention on Agenda item 15, Participatory mechanisms for rural communities in CITES

Undelivered intervention on Agenda item 15, Participatory mechanisms for rural communities in CITES As the meeting drags on, Committee II has reached the night session (19:00-22:00) of 16 November, discussing CITES, and indigenous peoples and rural communities. Given the split view on the matter amongst Parties, the three agenda items (13-15) triggered long discussions. Respecting …

CITES Parties opt for national inclusion of indigenous peoples and not for international inclusion

CITES Parties opt for national inclusion of indigenous peoples and not for international inclusion Committee II of the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) discussed the renewal of decisions that concerned the sharing of experiences of engaging indigenous peoples and local communities in the CITES decision-making and implementation processes. While, in principle, the Committee accepted …

Is Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) the future? 

Introduction Recently the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) hosted a webinar concerning the environmental footprint of aquaculture and its future development. Having visited aquaculture farms in Norway, Russia and the Faroe Islands myself, I have always been very sceptical concerning its impact on animals and the environment. On the one hand, …

Our new study shows lack of recognition of indigenous youth in international conservation law

Introduction In a forthcoming peer-reviewed study in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) entitled “Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies”, myself and Otava Ojanperä (University of Helsinki) examine five agreements and in how far they consider indigenous youth as legitimate stakeholders. The study was carried out under the …

Faroese government announces evaluation of the dolphin drive of 12 September 2021

The dolphin drive that took place on 12 September 2021 and which sparked international outcry is to be evaluated, as the Faroese government announced on 16 September. In the statement, the government makes clear that in light of the sheer size of the pod - two times larger than the second largest pod recorded - …

Lebensweise, Grausamkeit, Ausrottung? Die jüngste Tötung von Atlantischen Weißseitendelfinen auf den Färöern

(for the English version, please click here) Einleitung Kürzlich machte die Nachricht die Runde, dass am 12. September 2012 auf den zu Dänemark gehörenden Färöer Inseln eine der größten Schlachtungen von Atlantischen Weißseitendelfinen (Leucopleurus acutus) stattgefunden habe. Zahlreiche internationale Nachrichtenstationen, wie die britische BBC, die US Washington Post oder die Tagesschau — um einige wenige …

Livelihood, cruelty, extinction? The recent killings of Atlantic white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands

(Zur deutschen Version, bitte hier clicken). Introduction News broke that on 12 September 2021 the Faroe Islands saw one of the largest killings of Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Leucopleurus acutus). Numerous international news outlets, such as the British BBC, the US Washington Post, or the German Tagesschau - to name a few - reported about this. …

The ’30 x 30′ target, indigenous peoples and local communities

Introduction (If you are familiar with the 30 x 30 target, you can skip the Introduction) The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is probably the most important international conservation regime in the world. It currently holds a membership of 196 states with only the Holy Sea and the United States not having signed nor ratified …

Die Wiederbesiedelung Europas – auf Megafauna Art und Weise

Einleitung Am 3. August 2021 veröffentliche das Fachblatt rrounal of Environmental Law den Artikel “Megafauna Rewilding: Addressing Amnesia and Myopia in Biodiversity Law and Policy” von Prof. Arie Trouwborst (hier). In diesem Artikel geht Trouwborst der Frage nach, in wie weit und ob das Völkerrecht und internationale Politiken es erlauben, Gegenden, in denen Megafauna (Großtierarten) …