Three proposals for delimiting marine protected areas in vulnerable Antarctica have once again fallen on deaf ears. In last week’s teleconference negotiations, the 26 member states of the Commission for the Protection of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) According to the Climatewire website, the creation of protected areas requires a unanimous decision, but China and Russia have refused to give their support, said Andrew Cavanaugh, of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit organization that attended the conference. The development will surely disappoint a group of nine researchers who published a commentary in Nature on October 18 calling for the creation of a protected area in the South Ocean around Antarctica. only the polar environment The three proposals on the table concerned the creation of protected areas in East Antarctica, the Wendell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Peninsula is already under increasing pressure. The area is disproportionately affected by climate change, raising concerns that rising temperatures will affect krill populations – small shrimp-like crustaceans that form the basis of the food chain. Antarctic waters. Its populations are now facing a double blow from climate change and increasing krill fisheries. On the plus side, the same three proposals will be submitted to the next CCAMLR conference in 2021. “Although no Marine Protected Areas have been demarcated this year, Norway and Uruguay have signed on as sponsors of the East Antarctic proposal, while Australia and Uruguay have done the same for the proposal on the Wendell Sea,” he said. “Some progress that I hope prepares us for an increased political will at the highest levels to pass the proposals in 2021” he said. Follow it on Google News and be the first to know all the news.
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