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Southern Ocean Sanctuary Negotiations Fail

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Lin Sebastian KayserThe effort to create the world’s largest consecutive marine sanctuary around Antarctica have failed. This is a major setback for the efforts of many environmental organisations to protect a significant part of the Antarctic ocean from human exploitation.

Even last minute calls from prominent proponents such as the Ocean Elders around Dr. Sylvia Earle could not convince states like Russia, China and Ukraine to change their minds.

Negotiations will continue in three months in Hobart, Australia – but hopes are slim that a consensus can be reached there.

This is just the latest in a string of failed efforts to establish global environmental agreements – and it is another example that geopolitics and perceived short-term economic advantages make it hard to establish measures that benefit future generations.

More information at the website of The Antarctic Oceans Alliance and this article in Nature.

 

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