By Vivienne Solís Rivera and Kim Sander Wright, ICCA Consortium.
Indigenous peoples, local communities and small-scale artisanal fisherwomen and fishermen are the rights-holders and custodians of marine life within their coastal and marine territories. All around the world, these people have deep bonds with specific areas or bodies of natural resources and over generations have developed a huge variety of effective forms of governance in the form of customs and rules that ensure nature is conserved and livelihoods are sustained. These “territories of life” are fundamental for the conservation and thriving of life on our planet.
Sustainable Ocean Alliance – In recent years, there has been expanding international interest in commercially mining the incredibly diverse and fragile deep seabed to access minerals and metals, such as cobalt, copper, and nickel – all under the guise of needing to fuel the green energy revolution.
Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a global non-profit organisation that advances the impact of startups, social enterprises, and initiatives that are developing solutions to protect and sustain our ocean. SOA’s pipeline of ocean leaders is cultivated through a hub-based model, led by students at the collegiate and young professional levels.
Dr. Monica Verbeek – When lockdown measures first eased, I went for a walk along the beach near Lisbon, Portugal. The sea is usually comforting, yet this time, looking out at the waves, I was reminded of our collective destruction and exploitation of the environment – and of how this has contributed to the severity of the pandemic.
Dr. Monica Verbeek is the executive director of Seas At Risk, the Brussels-based umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level.
Aya Naseem – The ocean makes up 99% of my home, the Maldives. It supports our native biodiversity, ancient culture and daily lives. Our very thinking is from an oceanic perspective. We have names for all the parts of the sea – the different depths, the colours, the ripples, the waves, the shapes and sections of reefs and the patches of corals. They are all embedded in language and used in life.
Aya Mariyam Rahil Naseem is a marine biologist from the Maldives. She is Co-founder and Vice Chairperson of the Maldives Coral Institute.