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Palau is the first nation to ratify treaty to protect high seas

Palau has taken a historic step by becoming the first nation to ratify the High Seas Treaty, a landmark agreement that aims to safeguard the vast and largely neglected expanses of ocean beyond national borders. This treaty, nearly two decades in the making, offers a much-needed legal framework for managing and protecting these international waters, covering a staggering two-thirds of the world's oceans.
The treaty addresses several crucial aspects, including setting up marine protected areas, conducting thorough environmental impact assessments, and ensuring fair sharing of genetic resources found in the high seas. These provisions mark a significant shift towards responsible governance of this critical realm, currently protected by only 1%.
Palau's leadership in this endeavor stems from its deep connection to the ocean. As an island nation heavily reliant on marine resources, Palau understands the importance of comprehensive ocean management. Their existing national legislation, including the ambitious Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act, reflects this commitment, with 80% of their exclusive economic zone designated as a fully protected marine area.
The treaty's impact extends beyond simply creating protected areas. It also tackles emerging threats like deep-sea mining, a controversial practice with potentially devastating consequences for ocean ecosystems. While the treaty wouldn't outright ban such activities, it establishes stricter environmental regulations and transparency measures, promoting responsible resource utilization on the high seas.
Palau's swift ratification wasn't a solo act. Other nations like Chile and the Maldives are poised to follow suit, showcasing a growing global commitment to protecting the high seas. This momentum builds towards the crucial target of 60 ratifications needed for the treaty to take effect, potentially by June 2025.
The High Seas Treaty represents a turning point in our relationship with the ocean. It reminds us that these vast watery expanses are not fragmented, but an interconnected whole deserving of collective protection and responsible management. With Palau's pioneering langkah and the burgeoning global support, we can hope for a future where the high seas, no longer neglected, thrive as healthy and vibrant ecosystems for generations to come.




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  • Princess

    10 w

    This is a momentous achievement.

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    • Elizabeth Gathigia

      10 w

      Good job by Palau 👏👏💚💚

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      • walter lungayi

        11 w

        Great news! It's a positive step towards protecting the biodiversity of the high seas.

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        • Gorffly mokua

          11 w

          This is a significant milestone in the effort to preserve our oceans. 💚💚

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          • DIPANJANA MAULIK

            11 w

            Pioneering step of Palau is praiseworthy.

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            • Kevin

              11 w

              This is amazing work by Palau

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              • winnie nguru

                11 w

                Kudos Palau.. This is beautiful

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                • Esther Wanjiku

                  11 w

                  @winnie_nguru beautiful scenes there

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                • johnte ndeto

                  11 w

                  Palau is hero having taken the initiative to safeguard neglected expanses of ocean beyond borders

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    11 w

                    Palau's historic ratification of the High Seas Treaty marks a pivotal moment in global efforts to protect the vast and often overlooked expanses of the ocean beyond national borders. The treaty, developed over nearly two decades, establishes a crucial legal framework for managing and safeguarding two-thirds of the world's oceans. Palau's leadership reflects its deep connection to the ocean, as seen in its existing national legislation, including the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act.

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                    • Kriss

                      11 w

                      People should know the consequences of not taking care of the environment.Otherwise thanks Palau for standing out to protect the High areas.

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                      • Sarah Chabane

                        11 w

                        This is great! Now we need 170+ countries to follow!

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                        • Jane Wangui

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                          @sarah_chabane_874 They should follow Palaus footsteps and make a difference in their countries too.

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                        • Esther Wanjiku

                          11 w

                          Wonderful seeing Palau develop a humongous legal framework to protect the High seas

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                          • Kriss

                            11 w

                            Thanks for all those who are working tirelessly to ensure that the environment is protected.

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                            • winnie nguru

                              11 w

                              @Kriss_368 We need to recognize their efforts

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                              • Gorffly mokua

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                                @Kriss_368 We are safeguarding our future generations!

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                              • Joseph Githinji

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                                Congratulations to Palau for such a great positive steps. Hope more nations can do the same to protect our oceans and seas.

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