Sonja Fordham – Overfishing not only threatens marine biodiversity, but overall planetary health, with sharks among the Ocean’s most threatened animals, due to excessive, often unregulated, fishing practices.
Sonja Fordham is president of Shark Advocates International, a project of The Ocean Foundation dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays. She has more than 25 years of elasmobranch policy experience through this role and former positions with the Shark Alliance and Ocean Conservancy. Her work focuses on publicizing the plight of threatened elasmobranch species and promoting science-based remedies before wildlife and fisheries regulatory bodies. Ms. Fordham has co-authored many publications on shark and ray conservation and serves on numerous fishery management advisory panels. She has been engaged in ICCAT deliberations since 2004.
Source: Project Syndicate.
Author: Pascal Lamy.
Keeping climate change in check will require reducing the carbon footprint associated with global shipping, which accounts for the bulk of world trade. With governments and the shipping industry already moving in the right direction, the challenge will be to agree on policies that are adequate to the scale of the crisis.
Peggy Kalas – We’re approaching a once in a generation opportunity for transformative change for the ocean – and we need to make it happen.
Peggy Rodgers Kalas, an international environmental lawyer for over 25 years, coordinates the work of the High Seas Alliance, where she focuses on organizing coalition efforts at the United Nations and in regional capitals to obtain a new international treaty for the conservation of High Seas marine life. As a native Floridian, the ocean has been a deep source of inspiration for as long as she can remember.
Geneviève Pons – Antarctica is a truly special place. Not only because of its immense icy beauty and amazing wildlife, but as a shining symbol of the power of countries working together for the common good.
Geneviève Pons is an honorary Director of the European Commission (EC). She was in charge of environment and climate matters in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet during his last two mandates as President of the EC (1991-1995). She then held several management positions in the EC. She was appointed Director of the Legal Service of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2013 and Director of the European Office of WWF in June 2015. She is a graduate from the Sorbonne, Sciences-Po Paris and ENA. Genevieve is considered as one of the most influential women in Brussels, notably in the field of environment. She is an active member of the Antarctica2020 coalition, aiming at the protection of vast marine areas around Antarctica.