Colloquium: Clark Wolf on International Negotiations

Science, politics and environmental management: How to use fur seals to claim the Bering Sea

Clark Wolf, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Bioethics Center
Thursday, 1 December, 3:40-5:00
215 Ross Hall

This talk will consider the 1892 Fur Seal Negotiations in Paris–a huge international affair to which scientists from different nations contributed information on the sustainable management of Bering sea animal populations. In the end, agreement was reached (but not until the resources in question had been driven almost to extinction) and a management regime was implemented, including the US Marine Mammal Protection Act. This negotiation may provide a model (or a cautionary tale) for evaluating and perhaps improving the climate negotiation process.