Environment – Failure of projects to create marine protected areas in the southern oceans at the 37th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (6 November 2018)

France regrets that the 37th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), held from October 22 to November 2 in Hobart, Australia, concluded with the failure of projects to create marine protected areas in the southern oceans aimed at protecting biodiversity and ecosystems and boosting the resilience of marine flora and fauna to the effects of climate change.

The project in East Antarctica, which was supported by France, the EU, and Australia and approved by the CCAMLR’s Scientific Committee in 2012, has since then been regularly rejected because of Russian and Chinese opposition. The same is true for the Weddell Sea project supported by the EU, which was also approved by the Scientific Committee in 2016.

The IPCC’s recent report stressed the urgency of the situation in the face of climate change. France will continue to promote the adoption of a network of marine protected areas in the southern oceans, which is vital to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and especially to meeting the goal of sustainable development as it relates to the conservation and sustainable exploitation of oceans, seas, and marine resources.