Toward a new governance of biodiversity in the high seas

March 2008

The high seas are the least known and least explored area to date. A global public resource par excellence, it requires coordinated management on a supra-state scale, as part of a real world governance of the environment.  

However, the high seas and their resources today are under increasing threat due to the intensity and diversity of the anthropic pressures to which they are subjected. Recent debates conducted within the various institutions involved in the thought process on high seas governance have raised several critical issues of a scientific, legal, institutional and economic nature which have to be dealt with urgently to ensure the preservation of biodiversity.

The seminar brought together high-level international experts with a view to clarifying the current debate, examining the issues posing the most difficulties and considering new solutions for the sustainable management of high seas resources.




Toward a new governance of biodiversity in the high seas
© P. Mondielli
Toward a new governance of biodiversity in the high seas
© P. Mondielli

Localisation: Principality of Monaco

Principality of Monaco

Project Initiator

Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI)