Why vulnerable marine areas must be protected from oil and gas activities

February 13, 2018

On 4 January 2018, the United States announced the opening of almost 90 % of its waters to oil and gas drilling, within the framework of a five-year plan also providing for less stringent technical regulations for operators. On the same day, the Norwegian courts dismissed the case brought by three non-governmental organisations against the Norwegian […]

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High seas governance: Understanding the upcoming negotiations in 10 points

December 26, 2017

The United Nations General Assembly just launched a new initiative to address the increasing number of threats to marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Negotiations will commence in 2018 to draw up an international legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in these areas, which cover nearly half of the […]

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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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