Community Marine Protection
My environmental law work focuses exclusively on marine conservation and, in particular, the potential for the legal empowerment of coastal communities in terms of participation, governance and management of their local marine environment.
In the UK I am involved in monitoring the progress and implementation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and work in collaboration with NGO's and law firms and as a legal consultant.
In my overseas work in developing countries I am involved in conducting research into the potential for legal empowerment as part of holistic approaches to helping traditional small scale fishing communities to better protect the natural resources upon which they depend for their livelihoods. In particular, drawing on the experience of Namati's land documentation model I am interested to see whether this approach could also apply to local marine areas in order to provide grassroots legal protections for local fishing communities and their environment.