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European Commission


Brussels, 16 October 2013

Announcement by Commissioner Maria Damanaki on Joint Statement on Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

"Today I am making a political statement on behalf of the European Union jointly with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Australian Minister Bishop, French Minister Fabius, and New Zealand Minister McCully. This statement is about Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica.

As you know, Antarctica is one of the last pristine areas of our globe.

Still, its ecosystems are highly vulnerable – and our urgent action is required to protect them.

With this in mind, we are looking forward to the upcoming meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) on the crucial issue of Marine Protected Areas in the waters around Antarctica.

Together, we call on the Members of CCAMLR to bring years of preparation to a successful conclusion by establishing these important Marine Protected Areas.

The establishment of such Marine Protected Areas is fully in line with the vision expressed by the World Community at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012.

At next week's meeting, in Hobart, Australia, the EU, France and Australia will put forward a proposal for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas in East Antarctica. Meanwhile, the United States and New Zealand will present one for a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea.

The time has come to work together, constructively and with determination towards the adoption of these Marine Protected Areas through operational decisions."

For more information

  • Joint statement on establishment of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica: see in annex

  • Questions and Answers on the establishment of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica : MEMO/13/902


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