معاهدة الأمم المتحدة لحماية أعالي البحار
March 6, 2023 - توصلت الدول الأعضاء في الأمم المتحدة إلى اتفاق تاريخي لوضع 30 في المائة من المياه الدولية ضمن المناطق المحمية بحلول العام 2030.
The High Seas Treaty aims to place 30% of the seas into protected areas by 2030, to safeguard and recuperate marine nature.
The agreement was reached on Saturday evening, after 38 hours of talks, at UN headquarters in New York.
The negotiations had been held up for years over disagreements on funding and fishing rights.
The last international agreement on ocean protection was signed 40 years ago in 1982 – the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
That agreement established an area called the high seas – international waters where all countries have a right to fish, ship and do research – but only 1.2% of these waters are protected.
Marine life living outside of these protected areas has been at risk from climate change, overfishing and shipping traffic, the BBC said.