Ensuring historic protection of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean in 2021

Source: Politico – Open Letter Author: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition President von der Leyen must play a leading role in protecting large areas of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, demonstrating her commitment to global action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises

Now more than ever, we are all responsible for the Antarctic

Source: Adobe EN & FR Oped by Isabelle autissier, Honorary president, WWF France & Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, French Ambassador for the Poles and Maritime Issues France is about to host and lead the 43rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) from June 14 to 24. The treaty’s 54 parties will gather to consider questions of common concern regarding the Antarctic and …


Source: The recent disruption to maritime routes underscored just how much global trade depends on uninterrupted shipping operations. Indeed, it will be crucial for major logistics projects such as the Northern Sea Route and International North–South Transport Corridor. Leading maritime nations are taking steps to develop offshore projects and build trade fleets and tankers. In order to effectively capitalize …

Why do we need to protect Antarctica?

Source: Russian Geographical Society A lecture given by Philippe Cousteauon the 23rd April for the Russian Geographical Society “Why do we need to protect Antarctica?” can be found here in Russian. Please follow the link to watch it in full.

Pascal Lamy: Chinese Leadership Needed to Protect Antarctica’s Southern Ocean

Source: Caixin . Author: Pascal Lamy. A year has passed since I published a piece in Caixin highlighting the opportunity for China to take leadership in 2020 on climate and biodiversity protection in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Since then, the year did not unfold quite as planned (to put it lightly). Many of us are still in the grips of this global pandemic …

Enfin une aire marine protégée pour l’est de l’Antarctique ?

Source: Techniques de l’Ingénieur Author: Matthieu Combe La députée Frédérique Tuffnell (Modem) veut faire avancer le sujet de la protection de l’Océan Austral. Elle organisait le 12 mars une conférence en ligne réunissant députés, scientifiques et diplomates pour aboutir à la création d’une aire marine protégée dans l’Est de l’Océan Antarctique en 2021.

Océan. 2021, une année critique pour l’Antarctique

Source: Ouest France Author: Stéphane Gallois Députés, diplomates et scientifiques conjuguent leurs efforts pour faire progresser la protection de l’océan Austral.

CCAMLR: Leaders Miss Another Opportunity to Protect the Seas of Antarctica

Available in Spanish, French, Russian and German Meeting closes with no designation of critical Marine Protected Areas and turns a blind eye to illegal fishing in its waters October 30th, 2020: Today the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) concluded its 39th annual meeting, which took place virtually with a restricted agenda. CCAMLR’s mandate includes protecting Antarctic …

Crucial meeting could expand protection of Antarctic waters

Source: China Dialogue Ocean Author: Fermín Koop Hopes are high this month’s CCAMLR meeting will extend Southern Ocean protection, despite pandemic disruption. Environmental meetings this year have largely been postponed amid the pandemic, but a crucial one remains on the table. Twenty-five countries and the EU will meet online later this month to vote on extending protection of the Southern Ocean.

‘No other choice’: Groups push to protect vast swaths of Antarctic seas

Source: Mongabay Author: Elizabeth Claire Alberts A coalition of conservation groups is advocating for the establishment of three new marine protected areas (MPAs) in East Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea, which would encompass 4 million square kilometers (1.5 million square miles) of the Southern Ocean, or 1% of the global ocean. These proposals will be discussed at …