The Center for Social and Environmental Studies is a Colombian non-governmental organization, without political affiliation, committed to research, environmental education, monitoring of public policies and defense of the environment.
Through its Observatory for Coastal Marine Governance, it focuses several of its activities on the protection of coastal marine ecosystems and the communities that inhabit the coastal territory.
Our work is inspired by the principles of environmental sustainability and environmental justice, respect for human rights and the Social Rule of Law.
Our main areas of work are: coastal marine governance, environmental and climate justice, and the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 4 on education, SDG 7 on energy, SDG 13 on climate action, and SDG 14 on life below water and coasts
Our board of director is made up of the marine scientist Dr. Heidi Weiskel PhD, the environmentalist African lawyer Thuli Makama, professor Erin Daly, and the Colombian environmentalist lawyer Carlos Lozano
See the profiles of the member of the board of directors at this link
Our logo is inspired by the Pinctada Imbricata, known as pearl oyster or mother pearl. It is a native specie of Colombia and quite striking for its ornamented shell (and occasional pearls). Historically it has had traditional uses by Indigenous People, Afro-descendant and local communities. Unfortunately, it has been over-exploited and is at risk due to the acidification of the oceans, which affects its development.
Our thematic areas are: marine and coastal governance; climate justice; and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 regarding measures taken to protect marine and coastal ecosystems, to promote the sustainable and equitable use of marine biodiversity, and to ensure the access to the biodiversity and fair trade for the small-scale fisher communities.