Iceland to phase out whaling. What does this mean for the International Whaling Commission?

Introduction On 4 February 2022, Icelandic Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, of the Left Green Party announced that she would not renew Icelandic quotas for minke whales and fin whales beyond 2024. Along with Norway, Iceland is the only remaining member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that has been engaging in commercial …

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 …

On the feasibility of an automated mechanism to list species on the CITES Appendices

Introduction In February 2019 Frank & Wilcove published a short paper in Science in which they argued that due to long delays in the processes of listing species on Appendix I and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) effective conservation cannot be guaranteed (here). They …

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. …