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“The court has a duty to step in and protect those who are offended and the environment” judge rules in the Shell seismic survey case

On 1 September 2022, the High Court in Makhanda, South Africa, set aside the exploration right that had been granted to Shell and Impact Africa to conduct seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration along the ‘Wild Coast’. This case, brought by community applicants who asserted that their right to be consulted had been violated, […]

Deepening Partnerships with SMALL-SCALE FISHERS in Eastern Cape, South Africa

This blog post reflects on the deeper partnership between One Ocean Hub researchers in South Africa, small-scale fishing cooperatives in the Eastern Cape and other partners, including local legal-aid NGOs that have become new Hub partners, on a series of challenges related to the recognition, respect and realization of small-scale fishers’ fishing and human rights. […]

Welcoming local NGOs as Hub partners in Ghana, Namibia and South Africa: from seaweed education to human rights legal support

The One Ocean Hub family is delighted to welcome within the fold of its project partners (with allocated budget) local and national non-governmental organizations that have developed partnerships with researchers and community co-researchers in Ghana, Namibia and South Africa. These more formal partnerships are a way to recognize their distinctive contribution to the Hub’s vision […]

Hub Emerging Researchers reflect on transdisciplinarity in transformative ocean governance research

“We interrogate the role of non-academic collaborators […] and argue that future transdisciplinarity will need to address power imbalances in existing research methods to achieve knowledge co-production, as opposed to knowledge integration” Transdisciplinarity is a growing expectation of academic research and regarded as an important practice required to reach the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development […]

Sailing to the Climate COP27

In 2021, the One Ocean Hub and partners participated and contributed towards “increasing visibility” of the ocean in climate dialogues at the Glasgow Climate COP26. We amplified voices of those who are marginalized from ocean-climate decision making process such as women, children, youth and small-scale fishers by sharing stories and experiences, lived realities, of the […]

spotlight on early career researchers: mia strand

My name is Mia Strand, and I am a social science early career researcher from Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, South Africa. My research area centres around arts-based knowledge co-production for more equitable and inclusive area-based ocean management. My previous work has focused on community-based participatory research methods, gender and human rights, the coloniality of […]

Release of a New Report: marine biodiscovery in south africa – science, conservation, governance and equity

Researchers at the University of Cape Town recently completed a study on marine biodiscovery in South Africa focused on science, conservation, governance and equity. The interdisciplinary study, undertaken by Professor Rachel Wynberg, postdoctoral fellow Dr Jessica Lavelle and PhD student Jennifer Whittingham through the Bio-economy Chair, brought together the perspectives of scientists, policymakers, regulators, legal […]

Do we need to ban drones used for recreational fishing?

In recent years the use of drones for recreational fishing purposes has dramatically increased, raising ethical concerns amongst fellow anglers, potential privacy and safety concerns amongst the public, increased conflict between fisher groups, as well as having deleterious effects on the targeted fish species and other animals that inhabit the near shore coastal zone. Given […]

Reflections on the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights focused on Loss and Damage

In the wake of the ‘summer of climate disasters’ – as July and August 2022 were dubbed by The New York Times – the latest report by Ian Fry, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change focuses on the promotion and protection of human […]