Global Ocean Commission established to protect international waters

• February 14, 2013
Trawler boat, Creative Commons: Jon Anderson, 2007

Trawler boat, Creative Commons: Jon Anderson, 2007

February 12th marked the launch of the Global Ocean Commission, an independent organization that brings together high level political figures, business leaders, and development specialists to analyze the threats facing the world’s oceans.  The Commission will give policy recommendations to the United Nations on maintaining the health of otherwise lawless international waters.

The co-chairs of the Commission are former British foreign secretary David Miliband, Costa Rican president Jose Maria Figueres, and South African cabinet minister Trevor Manuel.

Almost half of the globe is covered by international waters, also referred to as ‘high seas.’  Because they are not owned by any one country, there is little legal accountability for their protection.  They are threatened by activities such as overfishing, climate change, and the risks of oceanbed drilling.

“The hidden depths are a treasure trove, and a treasure trove that we neglect or raid at our peril,” Miliband said to Reuters of the high seas, the area beyond national limits that stretch 200 nautical miles from coasts.”

Read more: Reuters>>


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