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A new ocean on top of the world - challenges and opportunities for its protection and governance

Organized by Greenpeace Nordic 7. September 2017

The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average and consequently is experiencing severe climate impacts – including the alarmingly rapid disappearance of sea ice, revealing a ‘new ocean’ at the top of the world. The Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) hosts a unique, outstanding and sensitive marine environment, and yet it remains one of the least protected marine environments globally.

Friday, October 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Ríma B, Ground Level

During recent years the Arctic Coastal States have invited international fishing nations for discussions on precautionary measures, as the area will become accessible to fisheries in the future. At the global level, the United Nations are currently developing an implementing agreement under the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention on the conservation and sustainable use of marine Biological diversity of areas
Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). This new instrument provides with an unmatched opportunity to protect global oceans, the CAO included.

During this session we will discuss the need to protect the CAO, and what governance initiatives like th BBNJ mean for the area. A new ocean on top of the world - challenges and opportunities for its protection and governance

Speakers: 

  • Magnus Eckeskog, Greenpeace Nordic: Introduction
  • Timo Koivurova, Research Professor University of Lapland: Governance of the Arctic marine environment - opportunities and challenges
  • Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Policy Advisor IUCN: A UN treaty to protect biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
  • Veronica Frank, Political Advisor, Greenpeace International: Greenpeace´s vision for ocean governance

Chair:

Magnus Eckeskog, Greenpeace Nordic