SCELG awarded international consultancy on deep sea fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation
FAO Consultancy explores the implementation of international legal instruments related to biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction
May 2017: SCELG co-director, Prof Elisa Morgera and SCELG members, Dr Daniela Diz and Mara Ntona, have been awarded a consultancy from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) under the project “Development and application of guidance for the implementation of international legal instruments related to biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction”. The project aims at supporting national implementation of international law on marine biodiversity, looking at the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other relevant instruments. This phase of the project will comprise: (i) the finalisation of a step-wise guide for implementation of international policy and legal instruments relevant to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation; (ii) provision of training in the South East Atlantic, South Indian Ocean and /SIOFA and South East Pacific regions using the step-wise guide; and (iii) strengthening select national policy and legal frameworks.
The project builds on ongoing research on international biodiversity law and on the law of the sea at SCELG, and on Prof Morgera’s and Dr Diz’s work experience at the national and international level on the development of national legislation and the implementation of international law.
Prof Elisa Morgera and Dr Daniela Diz are the Co-Directors of the LLM in Law of the Sea, Sustainable Development and International Law. Check the video-commentary by Dr Diz of the most recent developments on marine biodiversity at the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference.