Prof Morgera advises European External Action Service on Marine Biodiversity and Human Rights

Prof Elisa Morgera contributed to a European External Action Service (EEAS) virtual roundtable discussion on human rights and the environment organised earlier this month. She called for specific attention to the inter-dependence of marine biodiversity and human rights in international climate and ocean discussions, and for increased protection of ocean defenders, including in the context of marine conservation initiatives.

The roundtable was organized over two days to advance the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024. Around 60 participants joined the event, moderated by Fiona Harvey from the Guardian, under the Chatham House Rule. The initiative was a response to the recommendations made by Prof Morgera in her 2020 study for the EU Parliament on “biodiversity as a human right.”