A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities?

A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities? CITES listings, indigenous peoples and local communities In a contribution to the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Cooney et al. (2021) argue for the consideration of socio-economic factors when Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild …

74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in full swing

74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in full swing Introduction The Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is currently gathering for its 74th meeting ('SC74) in Lyon, France. The committee paves the way for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP), which …

Armed conflict and the military in international environmental law 

This article will be published in the first issue of the forthcoming publication series The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest at the end of March 2022. But due to the actuality of events, this pre-publication is now made available. The article is also available as an automated podcast. Introduction The recent Russian invasion of the Ukraine …

Nyama – An impressive short movie about the conflict between livelihoods, conservation and tourism 

Introduction On 28 January I had the honour of being invited to an online screening of the short movie Nyama. The event was organised by Survival International and was followed by a Q&A session with the directors and the actors. Nyama is somewhat of a teaser of a larger film project called Small Gods, both …

Book Review: Carol Carpenter’s ‘Power in Conservation: Environmental Anthropology Beyond Political Ecology’

This review was originally published in Review of Environmental, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) here. The review of the present volume, Power in Conservation, is probably one of the most challenging reviews I ever wrote. This is not because the book is challenging but rather because the book is one of the most fascinating …

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, …

The first draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Introduction At the third meeting in August-September of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) , the first draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was presented. This draft thus constitutes the first attempt to combine all relevant issues for the …

New peer-reviewed article published open access

Mine and Otava Ojanperä's peer-reviewed article "Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies" has been published open access in Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). Please click here to read the whole piece or click here to read a summary.

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 …