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Today, World Oceans Day, IUCN is celebrating a major breakthrough in global efforts to conserve the high seas.

Breakthrough at the United Nations: hopes grow for the high seas 08 June 2011 | News story Today, World Oceans Day, IUCN is celebrating a major breakthrough in global efforts to conserve the high seas. Last week at the United Nations, countries took the first, essential steps towards closing the huge gaps which exist in international law which leave the high seas—those areas beyond national jurisdiction—so poorly protected. The high seas cover nearly 50% of our planet and 64% of the ocean. They are the largest area of unprotected wilderness. Since 2003, IUCN has played a key role in fostering international action to safeguard this blue heart of the planet, just as it supports efforts at the national level to conserve coastal and marine biodiversity within national waters. International agreements are critical in managing communal global resources such as the high seas. A U...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/marine/?7612

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