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Greens Support call for International Body to Control High Seas

The Australian Greens have supported the call by the IUCN today for urgent action to deal with the growing threat to our oceans from unregulated activity beyond national jurisdictions.

"Ocean mining, iron fertilization, seismic testing, bioprospecting and overfishing are causing increasing problems in oceans around the world and as a consequence the international community needs to respond by establishing an Intergovernmental Panel on the Oceans to assist in the development of policies that respond to these threats," according to Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Such a body could play a role similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by bringing together leading scientists to share information on the impacts of human activity on the world's oceans and in developing appropriate policy responses."

"In addition to supporting this initiative by the IUCN, the Greens have called on both major parties to commit to taking a leadership role in the international community in responding to the growing problems."

"This can be done by advocating for the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on the Oceans and backing a UN Declaration of Principles for protecting the world's oceans," Senator Siewert concluded.

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