Call for contribution: Special session on marine indigenous tenures at IMCC6

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Special session for the 6th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC)

21-27 August 2020, Kiel Germany

“Challenges for marine indigenous tenures around the world and their global contribution to conservation”

Session synopsis

Across the world, different indigenous communities and stateless nations are contributing to marine conservation through different forms of tenures systems or customary rights. The session aims to bring together papers and speakers to review the challenges and conflicts they face, where they are, their different varieties, the extent they are empowered or under threat, and the marine species and small scale fisheries involved. While in some areas, marine indigenous tenures are developing forms of conservation planning to conserve the environment, others are searching for recognition of their traditional customary systems. Others are struggling to limit developments from ports, energy, industrial fishing and even top down forms of exclusive conservation zoning. This session will support how this is being developed in different regions, and how it can be better linked strategically.

By better acknowledging their contribution to conservation, there is an opportunity in this process of empowerment for continued feedback between researchers and fishers to support bio-cultural diversity. Greater recognition of this network of marine indigenous conservation areas can allow for greater support and resources to monitor marine ecological health, habitats and species and understand its spatial contribution. The session aims to foster better understanding about their rights and ownership, which need to be respected in marine governance and conservation planning.

Congress stream to which the panel relates

Special symposia: ‘Challenges for marine indigenous tenures around the world and their global contribution to conservation’


Jeremy Anbleyth-Evans (Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile)
Ratana Chuenpagdee (Memorial University, Canada)

Abstract submission guide

This session is a ‘special symposia’ requiring at least 5 registered talks. If you would like to submit an abstract or have questions about the session, please contact Jeremy Anbleyth-Evans at by February 17.

Once your abstract is approved by the session organizers, you will need to submit the final version of your abstract to IMCC online system, which can be found here. The IMCC abstract submission deadline is February 24.