May 6 2:00-3:00 pm EST / 19:00-20:00 CET
About 90% of the world's 120 million capture fishers are involved in small-scale fishing (SSF), making SSF the largest creator of marine jobs. Seeking to provide guidance on how to promote a more sustainable SSF sector, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations published the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries. Building on the connection between environmental sustainability and human rights in the small-scale fisheries context, the Environmental Law Institute developed the Small Scale-Fisheries Law and Governance Toolkit. The toolkit identifies useful regulatory approaches for SSF governance and model legal language. Many fisheries laws have inserted the concept of "sustainability" without elaborating on how to translate that concept into governance institutions and regulatory procedures. The toolkit focuses on creating and implementing fisheries co-management systems, along with two basic governance elements that strengthen co-management: exclusive fishing rights for SSF communities and the creation of exclusive zones for SSF.
Developing model legal language, however, is only one small step. For any policy to be successfully translated into regulatory action, lawmakers need to be knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities of SSF governance – which is often not the case.
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About the speaker
Dr. Xiao Recio-Blanco is the Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute. He is a researcher specialized on the use of area-based regulatory tools in support of ocean governance, with a focus on small-scale fisheries governance and Latin America. His work has highlighted legal hurdles and enablers to the adequate organization of fishing-dependent communities. ELI, he has authored research and guidance reports on Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Protected Areas enforcement, and small-scale fisheries governance, among other issues.
Before joining ELI, Xiao was a private equity attorney at Banco Santander in Madrid (Spain), an Associate Professor of International Law at CIDE (Mexico), and a Visiting Attorney at Earthjustice in the District of Columbia. Between 2017 and 2020, he was the Managing Director of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). He holds a J.D. from the Complutense University of Madrid, and a Scientia Juris Doctor (S.J.D.) from Duke University.
About the series
The Energy and Environmental Programs Speaker Series is pleased to announce our seminar theme for the 2020-21 academic year is the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This relationship describes an idea central to sustainable development: the linkage between water security, food security, and energy security. With the increasing global population, economic growth, urbanization, and shifting consumption, demand for water, food, and energy is rising globally. An example of the linkages between the three domains can be seen with agriculture and food production. Agriculture is the largest consumer of freshwater resources, and more than one-fourth of the energy expended globally is used on food production and supply. Each seminar this year will explore the relationship between these three sectors from a variety of different narratives and approaches.
Previous Sessions in the Series
- Webinar // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Part 2: International Security, Resource Stress, and Conflict
- Webinar // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Speaker Series Part 3: Farmers Leading the Way: Creating Smart Water Infrastructure
- Webinar // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Speaker Series Part 4: Climate Change, Agricultural Expansion, and the Alternation of Landscape of the U.S. Great Plains
- Webinar // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Speaker Series Part 5: Current and Future Battery Technologies: The Role of Energy Storage in a Sustainable Society