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Protective Mechanisms Sought for the World’s Oceans

September 11, 2013

What is the next step in protecting the Antarctic? An international conference in Bremerhaven, which actually intended to designate large areas as marine reserves, failed in July. The next attempt will be made at the end of October in Hobart, Australia, at the annual conference of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). A few days earlier in Kiel, international experts shall look for solutions at the 6th Global Economic Symposium (GES) as to how agreements for the sustainable use of the oceans should be drafted, and how results can be achieved – in protecting Antarctic waters, for example. How can conflicts of interest, which emerge as a result of national egotism, corruption or simply due to lazy compromises, be addressed? What mechanisms and instruments are required in order to punish infringements of existing agreements?

These issues will be discussed at the GES in Kiel on October 2 by – among others – Paul Holthus, Chairman of the World Ocean Council, the renowned marine biologist Callum Roberts from the University of York and José Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and President of the Carbon War Room project. The speakers will also include Adam Sweidan, co-founder of the British investment company Aurum Fund Management: “It is in the interest of every country to charge fees for the use of its waters, in relation to the real costs of resource usage,” he states. “The technology used today is more reminiscent of military equipment than something related to catching fish.” If the costs of using destructive technology or of the consequences of overfishing were also charged, this would stimulate the use of technologies with a less harmful environmental impact when exploiting the oceans.

Approximately 600 international decision makers in government, business, science, and civil society are expected to come together for the 6th Global Economic Symposium (GES 2013) on October 1–2. Their objective: to develop solutions to current global problems:

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The Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2013 is being organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW).

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