Supporting a New High Seas Treaty and Advancing 30×30
Natural Resources Defense Council
At a time when climate change and biodiversity have increased the vulnerability of our ocean, we still see continued unsustainable fishing, risky offshore drilling, and the reckless exploitation of our vibrant marine ecosystems. We need ambitious, immediate action to protect and restore ocean ecosystems with policies that foster responsible stewardship of the ocean. That is why the environmental community has undertaken the ambitious goal of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030—a global initiative known as “30×30.” Achieving this goal will be impossible without putting in place strong conservation measures for the high seas, the part of the ocean that lies outside the jurisdiction of any government and covers roughly half the planet.
Photo: Lisa Speer, Director of NRDC’s International Oceans program, addresses the United Nations conference on environmental impact assessments, summer 2019.Read more
With the support of Anthrocean, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is leading a pivotal effort by the United Nations to negotiate a strong international treaty that will govern the high seas. By engaging with key regional blocs of countries, hosting workshops for country representatives on contentious issues, and providing technical, legal and scientific expertise throughout the process, NRDC is pushing for a treaty with teeth that will ensure the health, vitality, and splendor of the Earth’s ocean for generations to come.
Belize Sustainable Seaweed
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global nonprofit devoted to land and water conservation. TNC, in collaboration with its partners, has developed a certified, sustainable seaweed farming system that protects and provides habitat for other commercially important species. This project was designed to establish environmental and social criteria and standards to ensure the implementation of best practices and quality assurance. Implications include improved social and economic benefits, reducing negative impact to the environment and supporting marine conservation efforts. Additionally, the project was designed to create an alternative and complementary source of income to fishers, while offering restorative functions and creating a new industry for Belize.
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Anthrocean has given grants for equipment and biodiversity assessments in places where local communities are making concerted efforts to protect their environment:
- Ancillary equipment for conservation officers, such as reverse osmosis systems to provide fresh drinking water at Helen Reef
- Biological surveys and panoramic documentation
- Technical assistance to set up radars at Ant Atoll
Anthrocean has contributed to technology development for elimination of lionfish, which have destroyed fisheries from Brazil to Connecticut. Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) is developing an robot to remove lionfish, particularly in depths beyond the reach of fishermen and divers.