Marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are prime sentinel species for oceans and human health. This said, human activities – including, bycatch, habitat degradation, pollution and underwater noise, live capture for captivity, ship strikes, hunting/whaling and climate change - threaten the survival of cetaceans globally. Four cetacean species and 18 subspecies of cetaceans are currently classified as being endangered.

While multiple legislative instruments exist globally with the aim to better protect cetacean populations, compliance and enforcement of these tools achieves limited or unquantified success in many cases. There is a lack of accessible and centralized legal information for scientific and policy collaborators to efficiently identify what legal instruments apply to the conservation of cetaceans and when there has been an infraction or compliance incident, by extension.

Flagging and monitoring compliance issues related to cetacean con...
Marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are prime sentinel species for oceans and human health. This said, human activities – including, bycatch, habitat degradation, pollution and underwater noise, live capture for captivity, ship strikes, hunting/whaling and climate change - threaten the survival of cetaceans globally. Four cetacean species and 18 subspecies of cetaceans are currently classified as being endangered.

While multiple legislative instruments exist globally with the aim to better protect cetacean populations, compliance and enforcement of these tools achieves limited or unquantified success in many cases. There is a lack of accessible and centralized legal information for scientific and policy collaborators to efficiently identify what legal instruments apply to the conservation of cetaceans and when there has been an infraction or compliance incident, by extension.

Flagging and monitoring compliance issues related to cetacean conservation is key to enable the implementation of rapid conservation and enforcement responses at local, regional, and international levels. Improved mechanisms to increase compliance across jurisdictions, strengthen inter-sectoral cooperation and ensure information-sharing at all levels are required.

SCS Legal Maps addresses this gap by providing a global tool that centralizes and organizes legal, geographical, and biological information related to cetaceans – namely, whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Combining up-to-date legal research and smart data visualization, SCS Legal Maps provides an interactive map of international and regional legal instruments (binding and voluntary) that apply to the conservation of cetaceans worldwide.

Accessible through a web-based tool and application, users will be able to conduct global searches of applicable legal instruments filtered according to 4 different themes: Legal instrument, Species, Geographical Area, and Environmental subject.

The legal instruments will be classified according to the following environmental subject areas:
 Conservation area or Marine protected area
 Underwater noise pollution
 Fisheries/Bycatch
 Shipping strikes
 Wildlife Crime
 IUCN Red List

Providing a comprehensive, graphic interface with several tab menus overlayed on a world map, SCS Legal Maps allows users to instantly identify which legal measures are in place for the protection of cetaceans – no matter where they are located on the planet.
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Veronica Frigerio CEO Phd, Environnemental law