UNEP-WCMC is working to establish marine protected areas within the high seas (marine areas beyond national jurisdiction) and map areas of ecological and biological significance in the Pacific Ocean.
The high seas or marine areas beyond national jurisdiction are a topic of growing interest. Research and management is evolving fast, due to a realisation that it needs to catch up with exploitation. The biggest current threat to the high seas is exploitation, particularly of deep-sea fisheries, which affects both fish stocks and habitats. The project is focused on applying scientific and indigenous knowledge to the conservation of large-scale marine areas in the Pacific.More
A large-scale demonstration project of marine conservation in the Pacific region is currently underway through a growing partnership which includes the UNEP-WCMC, IUCN, the French Government and other local, regional and global organizations. This collaboration has begun to examine scientific information and indigenous knowledge as a means to identify and map important ocean areas of ecological value and international significance that are in need of protection.More
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