Incentives against nature?

December 6, 2017

INTERVIEW // In a few days, the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference will open (11 to 13 December, Buenos Aires, Argentina), during which the international community will discuss the subsidies granted to the fisheries sector. But can this issue of subsidies that are harmful to the state of resources and biodiversity only be addressed at the […]

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Meeting global demand for tuna while guaranteeing its sustainable management: an impossible challenge

October 13, 2017

With an annual turnover estimated at 33 billion dollars, or 24% of the value of all seafood products worldwide, the tuna industry is booming. Driven by steadily growing global demand, a full-blown “tuna rush” is underway, with many countries eager for their share of the pie. Even if this means the depletion of stocks and […]

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Coming soon: towards formal negotiations for a agreement on high seas governance

August 7, 2017

Late in the evening of Friday, 21 July, States meeting at the UN headquarters in New York quietly took a significant step in a longrunning process aiming to close gaps in the international rules covering marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ, commonly referred to as the “high seas” or “international waters”). At the conclusion of […]

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A (somewhat) better protected Arctic

January 25, 2017

Ocean advocates received an early Christmas present last year. On 20 December, the United States and Canada announced a series of measures to protect Arctic waters. This joint initiative must be put in specific national contexts: Barack Obama is now seeking to consolidate his environmental legacy before his departure from the White House, while Justin […]

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Cautious steps towards a new high seas agreement

September 9, 2016

Seeking to fill the gaps in the international legal framework for ocean governance, States gathered at the UN headquarters in New York (26 August-9 September) to discuss elements of an agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Even if the discussions were generally productive, some contentious issues still remain, many of […]

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Oceans: what are the implications of the Paris Agreement?

May 31, 2016

The ocean moderates climatic global warming albeit through a profound alteration of its chemical and physical functioning, of its ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity (fisheries, aquaculture, coastal tourism, coastal protection, etc.). The levels of impact by the end of the century will depend heavily on the global trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions […]

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