January 12, 2016
12:30 - 1:30
4500 Hubbs Hall
Jennifer Jacquet, Assist. Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies NYU
Title: What is "rational" in Antarctica?
Abstract: The goal of CCAMLR -- the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources -- was clearly conservation. This objective is being undermined by some member states, who have systematically blocked the designation of marine protected areas in Antarctica and some of whom are regularly misinterpreting the “rational use” proviso in the CCAMLR text. Originally intended to allow fishing in the Southern Ocean only if it complied with strict guidelines, this term is being misinterpreted as an unrestricted right to fish and as an excuse to block tighter regulations. This talk discusses the historical and original use of 'rational use' along with recent tensions and misinterpretations.
Bio: Jennifer Jacquet is an environmental social scientist who studies large-scale cooperation dilemmas, such as overfishing, climate change, and the wildlife trade. She is the author of IS SHAME NECESSARY? (Pantheon, 2015) -- about the evolution, function, and future of the use of social disapproval in solving the tragedy of the commons.