From Ice to Water - The Role of Science for a More Dynamic Approach to Ocean Management in the Polar Regions

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In the Polar Regions, where climate change impacts are amplified, new marine areas are exposed through the decreasing extent of Arctic sea ice and the retreat or collapse of Antarctic ice shelves. As these changes expose pristine and largely unexplored marine ecosystems, fast and dynamic responses enabling adequate and effective conservation of those areas and their ecosystems are required. Therefore, Marine scientific research is critical in collecting, conducting, and providing scientific information on these areas, which will shape their future management and uses. Conservation measure (CM) 24-04, adopted by the Commission on the Convention of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in 2016, enables the Parties to the Convention to establish Special Areas for Scientific Studies (SASS) in newly exposed marine areas following an ice shelf retreat or collapse in specific areas around the Antarctic Peninsula. Through this measure, the area is closed for ten years, during which scientific research shall be conducted to understand the ecosystem processes concerning climate change better. While dynamic approaches to effective conservation of marine biodiversity and especially their establishment through clear legal frameworks are still largely a theoretical concept and lacking, it is explored to what extent a measure, such as CM 24-04, can provide a way forward toward more dynamic and holistic ocean management within and beyond these areas. By doing so, deficiencies of current ocean management regarding climate change impacts and ecosystem dynamics but also opportunities to enhance ocean management guided and initiated by science, shall be highlighted. Accordingly, current international efforts, such as the ongoing negotiations on a new international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), will be considered.
Aikajakso13 syyskuuta 202216 syyskuuta 2022
Tapahtuman otsikkoInternational Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers
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