The high seas account for half of the Earth’s surface, or two thirds of the planet’s total ocean area. They hold incredible biodiversity—around 2 million unidentified species—and provide essential ecosystem services, such as seafood, genetic resources, air purification, climate regulation and waste treatment. More than 70 countries want to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. Yet only around 1.2% of the high seas are currently protected. Unfortunately, diplomats meeting at the UN in New York have failed (at their fifth attempt) to agree on a high seas treaty.
In this interview for TRT World I explain why having a global ocean treaty is so significant.
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- Blue climate solutions: the role of marine natural capital in mitigating climate change
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- Moderating at World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit in Halifax, Canada