The United Nations convenes formal negotiations Sept. 2018 for the International Treaty for Biodiversity on the High Seas (areas not under national jurisdiction). ELC is the newest member of the High Seas Alliance, 37+ non-governmental members and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, working towards protecting the 50% of the planet that is the high seas. Learn more about the treaty and process: english, spanish, french.

Help us encourage the adoption of a new legal framework into the treaty.

We must recognize and protect the ocean's rights.

ELC presented a “Call for Action” to governments around the world in June 2017 to incorporate nature's (ocean) rights into their legal systems.  That testimony garnered the support of over 60 organizations from 32 countries (which remains open to signatories).  To add your voice to this ongoing initiative email mbender@earthlaw.org.