Ocean Rights Internationally
With nearly two-thirds of the Ocean beyond areas of national jurisdiction, coordinated international action is necessary to protect Ocean health. We are working with partners internationally, including the High Seas Alliance, the UN Harmony with Nature Initiative and the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law to advance Ocean Rights in International Law.
ELC held a joint-webinar with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) on June 18th, 2018 on the emerging movement of Ocean Rights. You can watch the webinar here, and email email@example.com for powerpoints or to learn more.
In fall 2018 the United Nations convened negotiations for the International Treaty for Biodiversity on the High Seas. Earth Law Center joined the nearly 40 organizations of the High Seas Alliance, to work toward protecting the half of the planet that is not under national jurisdiction. Learn more about the treaty and process (PDF). It is also available in Spanish (PDF) and French (PDF).
Help us encourage the adoption of a new legal framework into the treaty
ELC has issued a call for action for governments around the world to incorporate the Rights of Nature into their legal systems. To add your voice to this ongoing initiative, contact Ocean Rights Manager Michelle Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about the initiative in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). How can countries do so? Read ELC’s evolving recommendation and analysis, and share!
support the marine arctic peace sanctuary
ELC joined a coalition of groups supporting the creation of a marine sanctuary in the North Arctic region. As climate change effects deepen, it is critical that waters opened up from melting ice remain off-limits to fishing and oil exploitation. Known as MAPS, the treaty comes into effect after 99 countries sign. You can learn more and support the treaty by signing onto the petition here.