SCELG is carrying out a variety of projects for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Prof Elisa Morgera, Dr Daniela Diz and other SCELG members are providing a global legal consultancy titled “Development and application of guidance for the implementation of international legal instruments related to biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction” (running until end 2019). The consultancy is part of a larger project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for “Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources and ecosystems in the areas beyond national jurisdiction.” The consultancy aims at improving implementation of existing international obligations and good practices from global and regional legal and policy instruments on sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation.
In 2018, SCELG was also awarded an international consultancy by the FAO to prepare a legislative study on the right to water for food and agriculture. The study will address a series of cutting-edge research questions at the intersection of international human rights and environmental law and is expected to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal Target 6.4.
Furthermore, Prof Morgera, Dr Diz and Dr Switzer have been awarded in 2018 a consultancy from the FAO to produce a study on the legislative tools and related measures to fight against the trade of illegally harvested fisheries products.
In addition, Dr Francesco Sindico has collaborated with FAO in the context of the Groundwater Governance project with a report on the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and groundwater governance.
Finally, FAO Legal Officer Pio Manoa is acting as external co-supervisor for SCELG PhD researcher Julia Nakamura, who joined the Centre in 2018.