Coverage in Mongabay on the open letter advocating for the inclusion of human rights in the Post-2020 Framework on Biodiversity. Mongabay interviewed Vivienne Solís Rivera, representative of Costa Rica-based human rights and conservation organization, CoopeSoliDar, about the open letter and the rights of small-scale fishers.
“We are especially concerned for countries where free, prior, and informed consent has not been secured. For example, in the case of Costa Rica, it wasn’t done. This increase in the size of the protected area wasn’t adequately discussed with fishing communities.
We are also fighting to maintain the idea of sustainable fishing and sustainable use of marine resources. Social justice has to be at the core of conservation; the people who are already providing traditional knowledge and efforts towards the conservation of marine resources should be clearly valued. We honestly think Indigenous people and local communities (IPLCs) have been the custodians of most of the sea’s resources, and governments should [accept] this,” Solís Rivera explains in the interview.
Read more: ‘Marine conservation talks must include human rights’: Q&A with biologist Vivienne Solís Rivera by Kimberley Brown for Mongabay, 28 March 2022.