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 …

Book Review: Tanya Wyatt’s “Is CITES Protecting Wildlife? Assessing Implementation and Compliance.”

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which was adopted in 1973 and entered into force two years later, has been hailed as one of the most successful multilateral conservation treaties in the world. This is also because it now has a membership of 183, which is one …

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. …

Would the establishment of an International Sharks Commission make sense?

Introduction In my post from 26 August (here) I showed that many of the world's shark species face conservation concerns, based on data collected by the IUCN. This begs the question whether shark management and conservation efforts in its current form are sufficient or effective enough to ensure long-term conservation and sustainable use of these …

Indigenous youth is not present in the International Whaling Commission (IWC)

The ICRW was opened for signature on 3 December 1946 and entered into force in November 1948. Then also the IWC took up its work. While originally having a membership of 15, currently the IWC counts 88 states as members with Japan having left the organisation in July 2019. Over the last decades, the IWC …

Where conservation efforts and conservation collide? The tension between tackling immediate and long-term threats

In a recent opinion piece in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, entitled Integrating Proximal and Horizon Threats to Biodiversity for Conservation (Bonebrake et al., 2019), the authors propose a rather new way of addressing conservation efforts. Their main argument rests in the assertion that there is no such thing as a 'major' threat to biodiversity, …

Whaling today – The 67th International Whaling Commission Meeting 2018

During the meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in September 2018 in Florianópolis, Brazil, aboriginal whalers experienced a relieving decision by the Commission: they were granted a new quota, which is now valid for 7 years, and which will be transferred automatically unless agreed otherwise. But the decision did not come lightly. After all, …