Ms Genevieve Quirk
Global environmental interdependence requires States to find new diplomatic solutions to balance their sovereign rights and international duties for the protection of marine biodiversity. The marine ecosystems of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) are at the vanguard of adverse impacts from global drivers of environmental change like climate change and ocean acidification. The ensuing biodiversity crisis threatens the marine ecosystem functions integral to the economy, diverse cultures and food security of Oceania. The presentation will examine how PICTs are using the environmental duty for spatial marine biodiversity protection to strengthen their sovereign rights over marine natural resources in Oceania
About the speaker
Genevieve Quirk MEnvLaw (ANU) BSc (UQ) is a PhD candidate at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (UoW) and recipient of the Global Challenges Scholarship. Her PhD focuses on oceanscape-scale governance and examines how the environmental duty for spatial marine biodiversity protection is used to strengthen sovereign rights over marine natural resources in Oceania. She has worked internationally in policy advising and advocacy roles for oceans governance reform in the South Pacific, EU, Antarctica and Australia. In her most recent role she was based in Brussels coordinating campaigns for legislative reform on EU fisheries targeting the EU Commission, Council and Parliament.