NGOs urge RIO+20 to back new treaty on oceans protection

Date: June 17, 2012

Source: Arab Today

Author: AFP

Non-governmental organizations on Sunday called on RIO+20 summit leaders to back a new treaty to protect the high seas.

“A new Treaty for High Seas protection will be a game changer for the future of our ocean and the millions dependent on it for their survival,” said members of the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition attending the UN conference on sustainable development here.

The High Seas Alliance, launched in 2011 as a united voice for the protection of the high seas, groups 23 NGOs plus the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It stresses the need for a change in governance on the high seas, to address the impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss as well as increasing interest in fisheries exploitation, marine genetic resources and mineral extraction.

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