Daniela Diz

Daniela Diz explores the evolution of the international law of the sea and its relationship with other policy and legal instruments contributing to coherent oceans governance. Daniela has an inter-disciplinary background in international environmental law, marine science and technology and ecosystem-based management, and first-hand experience of international environmental law-making processes.

Daniela’s main focus areas of research include:

  • ecosystem and precautionary approach in the marine context
  • equitable and sustainable fisheries, including through biodiversity and habitat conservation
  • marine ecosystem services
  • area-based conservation tools
  • ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs)
  • vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs)
  • marine protected areas (MPAs)
  • impact assessments in the marine context
  • marine biodiversity, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction

In December 2018, Daniela became the Deputy Director of a £20-million, 5-year global inter-disciplinary research hub on integrated and inclusive ocean governance, the UKRI GCRC One Ocean Hub. The Hub involves colleagues from law, social and marine sciences, and arts in the UK, Africa, South Pacific and the Caribbean

Daniela’s other recent activities include:

  • post-doctoral research fellow with the MARINE BENEFITS project (2015-2017) investigating fair and equitable benefit-sharing specifically in international fisheries law and policy, with a view to connecting different sources of inequity concerning marine ecosystem services that contribute to poverty in small-scale fishing communities
  • co-editor of and co-author in a Marine Policy special issue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainable fisheries. The issue will explore the different tenets of SDG 14 (on oceans and coasts) through the concepts of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation as elements of the ecosystem approach to fisheries, while also exploring relevant synergies with other SDGs
  • post-doctoral researcher for the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme's working group on Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Fisheries (2017)

Her research has received extensive international recognition, as demonstrated by repeated invitations from the CBD Secretariat to contribute to international expert meetings on:

  • anthropogenic underwater noise (June 2014)
  • marine debris (October 2014)
  • sustainable fisheries (April 2016)
  • acidification in cold-water areas (April 2016)
  • ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (February 2016)
  • biodiversity Aichi target 11 on marine protected areas and other effective area-based measures (February 2016)
  • regional seas organisations and regional fisheries bodies on accelerating progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Targets and relevant SDGs (September 2016)

Daniela has represented the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) at meetings of the CBD and the UN General Assembly's working groups on marine biodiversity and on the SDGs and has participated in multilateral negotiations on biodiversity and marine law since 2007 as an analyst for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Daniela has also contributed to the International Oceans Institute training programme on oceans governance and to the Dalhousie University Marine Affairs Programme from 2010 to 2015. Previously, Daniela had worked for seven years as an environmental lawyer in Brazil for both public and private sectors, including as the Director of the Legal Division of the State of Rio de Janeiro’s Biodiversity Institute, drafting environmental legislation, including on the creation and expansion of protected areas, providing advice on environmental licensing processes, and engaging with stakeholders.