TUDAV participated and invited the First Intergovernmental Conference on an internationally legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea for Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) at the UN Headquarter in New York, on 4-14 September, as a member of High Seas Alliance (HSA).
High seas consist 2/3rd of the world’s oceans and 95% in terms of volume, yet less than 1 % has been protected. As marine genetic resources are exploited, IUU fishing and overfishing in high seas are threatening the resource, the ecological service of high seas is not fully understood, we urgently need a legal instrument to protect BBNJ. This is the first negotiation meeting for the treaty to be completed in 2020.
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