New EBB incorporations

The EBB project has added two new members on the last two months. Carlos Ferreira has joined to the CIIMAR while Marimar Costa has started to be part of the ECIMAT team of CIM- University of Vigo. With these new additions EBB aims to increase its visibility in the media by improving its communication tasks and streamlining the administrative and technical tasks arising from coordination.

Carlos Ferreira

Carlos Ferreira graduated in Biochemistry in 2009, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, and completed his master in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology in 2011, at Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute of the University of Porto. Later, he participated in different environmentally friendly biotechnological projects, completing his PhD in Environmental Engineering in  2019, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of  Porto. Currently as part of the EBB project, Carlos is CIIMAR’s responsible for the establishment of  communication plans and outreach activities as well as for the definition of protocols for the preservation of CIIMAR’s LEGE culture collection. He is also responsible for the implementation of a quality system for collections users as well as elaboration of reports.

Marimar Costa

Marimar Costa graduated in Biology and Biochemistry has a background in Marine Biology. She holds a PhD in immunology in aquaculture and she has worked on the study of the molecular bases which govern the immune system of different cultured species, as well as, on the genetic response against their main pathogens. After her contribution to different international research projects on several institutions, she joined the EBB project in March 2020, precisely one week after the COVID-19 lockdown began and ever since she has been assisting the EBB Coordination team at University of Vigo, providing both administrative and technical support. With her work she will be contributing to a more agile fulfilment of EBB tasks and to improve EBB visibility and impact.

Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference; ‘SDG14 – Life Below Water: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Ocean’

Ocean Sustainability Bergen is a virtual centre at the University of Bergen (UiB), working with partner institutions worldwide in ocean science and education. The aim is to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDSs). Ocean Sustainability Bergen takes care of day to day activities in relation to UiB’s status as the Hub for SDG 14: Life below water as appointed by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and is also the SDG 14 representative in the International Association of Universities (IAU) SDG Cluster.

The focus for the first Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference:

-Is the combination of conservation and sustainable use of the ocean an illusion or a realistic possibility?
-How can science be used to underpin the development of a useful instrument for BBNJ?
-In more general terms, how can scientific advice contribute to decision-making processes in global ocean governance?

The objectives:

-To create awareness in a wide range of academic disciplines of current challenges for global ocean governance and to inspire their increased involvement.
-To provide an arena for exchange of science and policy ideas directly relevant to the intergovernmental negotiations on marine BBNJ.
-To discuss how a BBNJ instrument can contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda.

Kjersti Lie Gabrielsen from Marbank, IMR, was one of the panelists on day 2 of the conference. In the beginning of the panel debate she gave an introduction to the use and regulation of marine genetic resources  including the role of biorepositories where EBB also was presented.

Part of the program:

11:20-12:40 Moderated panel on maritime governance, marine genetic resources, ocean and climate
Moderator: Professor Edvard Hviding, Department of Social Anthropology, UiB

Panelists:

Sigrid Eskeland Schütz, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Norway.
Kjersti Lie Gabrielsen, Chief scientist, Marbank, Institute of Marine Research, Troms.
Elizabeth Nyman, Maritime Studies Programme Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, USA.
Cristina Voigt, Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

Link to the program:

https://www.uib.no/en/ocean/128020/sdg14-%E2%80%93-life-below-water-conservation-and-sustainable-use-ocean#day-2-22-october-bbnj-frontline-for-the-high-seas

Challenges face by developing countries for access to marine genetic resources & benefit sharing

Dr.Laura Movilla, lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Vigo, has participated on the book “Challenges face by developing countries for access to marine genetic resources & benefit sharing” with this chapter entitled “Challenges face by developing countries for access to marine genetic resources & benefit sharing”, where different aspects of access to marine genetic resources legislation are discussed.

Full reference:

Movilla Pateiro, L. “Challenges face by developing countries for access to marine genetic resources & benefit sharing”, In: GABRIELA A. OANTA (ed.), Law of the Sea and Vulnerable Persons and Groups,Ed. Scientifica, Napoli, ISBN 978-88-9391-677-6, 2019.

Desafíos de los países en desarrollo en el acceso y el reparto de beneficios derivados de la utilización de los recursos genéticos marinos

In this chapter, including into “El derecho del mar y las personas y grupos vulnerables” book, Dr. Laura Movilla, lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Vigo, explains the international legal regime for marine genetic resources, the law of the sea or the marine genetic resources on the developing countries, among other interested points.

Full reference:

Desafíos de los países en desarrollo en el acceso y el reparto de beneficios derivados de la utilización de recursos genéticos marinos”, en OANTA, G. A (Coord.): El Derecho del mar y las personas y grupos vulnerables, Bosch Editor, 2018, pp. 157-195; ISBN: 978-84-949123-9-9.

Communication Kit (Deliverable D2.2)

Our communication kit includes a series of materials made up of posters, brochures, documents or partners logos that are useful to show EBB mission, the main aims of project or the entities integrated in the consortium.

This set of materials proofs to be very useful for partners to communicate information to media and stakeholders in a homogeneous way. Likewise, the members of the consortium will be able to provide a clear image of the project with a unified message and brand.

Advances and uncertainties in compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union

The article “Advances and uncertainties in compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union” authored by Dr. Laura Movilla, lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Vigo, has been accepted for publication in the journal Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). Research for this article was supported by the project ‘European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank’ (EBB), funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme.

You can find it here.