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March 18
2 mins

Webinar: A Global Spotlight on Ocean Defenders

The Ocean Defenders Project
Check the recording of our first webinar on Ocean Defenders. Learn more about the fights they lead, and how we can best support them.

In this webinar, we explored the ongoing struggles and efforts of ocean defenders globally, and shed light on the potential avenues through which allies and organizations can provide support and protect ocean defenders. This webinar will interest a diverse audience of ocean defenders, conservation practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, and funders committed to protecting oceans and people.

From November 29, 2023. The Ocean Defenders Project hosted a webinar titled ‘A Global Spotlight on Ocean Defenders’. This webinar aims to bring greater visibility to the plight of Ocean Defenders worldwide.

Speakers presented an overview of the Ocean Defenders Project, followed by global case studies on Ocean Defenders, discussed potential strategies for effective support, and the ocean defenders themselves shared their lived experiences.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nathan Bennett (Global Oceans Lead Scientist, WWF & Chair, People and the Ocean Specialist Group, IUCN)
  • David Boyd (UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment & University of British Columbia)
  • Philippe Le Billon (School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia)
  • Rocio Lopez de La Lama (School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia)
  • Jesu Rethinam (World Forum of Fishers People)
  • Taryn Pereira (Coastal Justice Network and One Ocean Hub, Rhodes University, South Africa)
  • Samiya Selim (Center for Sustainable Development, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh)
  • Francisco Araos (Antropologia de la Conservación, Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile)
  • Paola James (I-Fish Association, Colombia)

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