15 April 2011

Strong action needed for a "blue economy"

Protected areas on the high seas are an essential component of a “blue” version of a “green economy” that seeks to ensure ecologically sustainable fisheries, the conservation of biological diversity and the maintenance of vital ecosystem services such as oxygen and natural carbon storage for the benefit of present and future generations.
In a briefing for the 12th Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP), the members of the newly formed High Seas Alliance, among which is also Tethys, whose mission is to conserve the world's high seas, urge States gathering in New York from 20 to 24 June 2011 for the 12th meeting of the ICP to recommend strong, bold actions, in light of the multiple threats and increasing impacts facing the high seas.
Specifically, States should recommend that the UNCSD at Rio+20 convenes an intergovernmental conference under United Nations auspices on strengthening high seas governance.
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