Helen Rozwadowski presented on “Wild Blue: The Ocean as Frontier and the Law of the Sea” at the RCC Lunchtime Colloquium on Thursday, 19 April, 2018.
The RCC Lunchtime Colloquium series enables fellows of the Rachel Carson Center to present their research to other fellows, to staff, and to the general public. It takes place weekly from 12-2 p.m. Entry is free and lunch is provided. Talks last approximately 30 minutes and are followed by a Q&A session.
Steven Groves, an International Law Expert at The Heritage Foundation, describes how the Law of the Sea Treaty would create a bureaucratic International Seabed Authority with the power to regulate trade, exploration and America’s authority to defend herself. Related Research http://www.heritage.org/Research/Inte…
Martin Koehring from the World Ocean Initiative discusses the significance of a global ocean treaty and why after two weeks of talks on global ocean preservation nations could not agree on a way forward. #UN#OceanTreaty#OceanSanctuaries
For the first time, United Nations members have agreed on a unified treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas – representing a turning point for vast stretches of the planet where conservation has previously been hampered by a confusing patchwork of laws.
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea came into force in 1994, before marine biodiversity was a well-established concept. The treaty agreement concluded two weeks of talks in New York.
An updated framework to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, had been in discussions for more than 20 years, but previous efforts to reach an agreement had repeatedly stalled. The unified agreement treaty, which applies to nearly half the planet’s surface, was reached late Saturday.
The treaty will create a new body to manage the conservation of ocean life and establish marine protected areas in the high seas. And experts say that’s critical to achieve the UN Biodiversity Conference’s recent pledge to protect 30 per cent of the planet’s waters, as well as its land, for conservation.
Protecting the oceans from over-exploitation is in focus this week, as Negotiations for a new Treaty of the High Seas are reaching their final stages. Delegates from UN member states are meeting in New York. They are concerned about the impact of unregulated deep-sea mining and factory fishing. Current regulations only cover a distance of 200 nautical miles from the coast. Beyond that in international waters, there is little or no governance.
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