High Seas Alliance

Supporting the High Seas Alliance (HSA) process.

Our goal

The High Seas Alliance (HSA), is a coalition of 32 non-government members, as well as the IUCN, centred on the protection and sustainable use of the high seas. As is well known, the high seas includes some of the most biologically important, least protected, and most critically threatened ecosystems, which need to be protected and preserved.

Initiative status
Stage 3 : Ongoing
Initiative keywords
  • High Seas Alliance
  • IUCN
  • SDG14 UN Meeting
  • Support
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The current UN BBNJ process of a new international legally binding treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to protect the high seas is of great significance since there is currently no legal mechanism with which to establish marine protected areas or to make environmental impact assessments in the high seas, which comprised around 50% of the world’s oceans. Portugal is playing a role in this process hosting meetings and being a co-facilitator of the negotiations taking place under the SDG14 UN meeting.

As a starting point, the Oceano Azul Foundation is supporting a meeting and will be present as a partner, with a view to influence the contents of the new treaty negotiations. This meeting was hosted on the 2nd of March 2017 by the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry and the High Seas Alliance to prepare the work for the SGD14 UN meeting.

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