Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Earth Law Center works with Métodos de Apoio à Práticas Ambientais e Sociais (MAPAS) in Brazil to seek rights for the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.
The archipelago consists of 21 islands off the eastern coast of Brazil and hosts an incredibly biodiverse ecosystem. In 2001 UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site because of its environmental importance. However, this ecosystem is threatened by fossil fuel extraction and land use issues.
MAPAS has already passed two local laws recognizing the Rights of Nature, and has launched a campaign for Federal recognition. Next, we will help draft a local ordinance for the Fernando de Noronha Islands to recognize ocean rights.
For more information, contact Ocean Rights Manager Michelle Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org.