Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Russia Stalls Powers' Bid To Create Antarctic Marine Sanctuaries

From Rferl.org. 16/07/13

Russia has stalled U.S. and European initiatives to establish no-take MPAs in the Southern Ocean, ending a landmark meeting to debate protections for Antarctic wildlife.

The defeat came at an extraordinary gathering in Bremerhaven, Germany of the intergovernmental Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR, pronounced kam-lahr), which concluded without an agreement.

The advocacy group Ocean Elders, in an open letter to Vladimir Putin, had urged the Russian president to back the sanctuaries and exercise Moscow's "critical leadership role...in determining the future of Antarctica."