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From an environmental to a resource regime? Tourism and Marine Protected Areas within the Antarctic Treaty governance

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 16:00 - 17:15
SEE Seminar Rooms, 8.119
Daniela Portella Sampaio

SRI External Seminar


Without a clear definition on its sovereign status, the Antarctic region has been governed by the Antarctic Treaty system for the last sixty years. Focusing on scientific research and environment protection, the Treaty system has been able to maintain inside and outside legitimacy. However, commercial activities such as fishing and tourism challenge this arrangement by demanding clearer authority delineations for their operation. The POLARGOV Marie Curie Fellowship aims to understand to what extent tourism and fishing stakeholders support the current governance framework, and if they desire some institutional changes in the near future. Daniela will present the first results of almost 70 interviews with scientists, tour operators, NGOs, fishing associations and national representatives collected throughout 2018.


Dr. Daniela Portella Sampaio is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute.  With a doctorate in International Relations, her thesis discussed the governance of the Antarctic Treaty. Daniela has also been Secretariat advisor for the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCM), and Brazilian delegate for the annual meetings of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in 2018.