United Nations Members Agree to Protect Marine Life


What’s cooler than international cooperation? For the first time in history, the United Nations has agreed on a treaty that aims to protect the “high seas,” the area outside of international borders, which cover a majority of the planet.

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Full text for United Nations Members Agree to Protect Marine Life:

Despite its size, the ocean is not a limitless resource. For the first time, United Nations members have agreed on a treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas, which cover nearly half the planet’s surface.
An updated framework to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, had been in discussions for more than 20 years, but previous efforts to reach an agreement had repeatedly stalled.
The treaty will create a new body to manage conservation of ocean life and establish marine protected areas in the high seas. It also establishes ground rules for conducting environmental impact assessments for commercial activities in the oceans.
More than 100 countries have signed a historic, legally-binding deal to protect the Earth’s oceans. The long-awaited treaty aims to protect marine biodiversity in international waters and reverse losses due to pollution, overfishing, and climate change.
Many marine species—including dolphins, whales, sea turtles and many fish—make long annual migrations, crossing national borders and the high seas. Efforts to protect them have previously been hampered by a confusing patchwork of laws.
The high seas have long suffered exploitation due to commercial fishing and mining, as well as pollution from chemicals and plastics, the question remains: how well will the ambitious treaty be implemented?

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