On January 19, the first seminar of the year held jointly by the Nereus Program and UBC’s Green College will be on the topic of “Indigenous fisheries, ocean policy and human security”.

4:30-5pm – Meet and greet coffee and pastries reception
5-6pm – Session
6-6:30pm – Q&A

This seminar is free and open to the public.

Session description:

Indigenous fisheries, ocean policy and human security 
Marjo Vierros, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
Yoshitaka Ota, Nereus Program, UBC
Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Nereus Program, UBC
Suzanne von der Porten, UBC & Quest University

The effects of ongoing climate change pose serious challenges for human communities, beyond direct impacts on fisheries or coastal habitats. Major shifts in underlying ecosystems can add pressure on governance systems and, in regions or communities that are already vulnerable, pose serious risks to human security. There is mounting evidence of climate-triggered conflicts, including physical confrontations and labor abuses, though we argue that underlying governance status plays a key role in allowing (or sometimes facilitating) such outcomes. We present ongoing research into these topics, and suggest policy strategies to address current salient issues such as Indigenous rights and high seas governance. While climate changes are perhaps now unavoidable, their potential impacts can yet be reduced.

Green College
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1X8 Canada
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