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Parliamentary questions
9 June 2017
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Securing marine protected areas in the East Antarctic and the Weddell Sea

As a leader in the global push for ocean conservation and in measures to reduce the effects of climate change, the EU has a significant opportunity to act in 2017.

As one of the 25 members of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the EU is a co-proponent, with Australia, for a large-scale marine protected area, MPA, in the East Antarctic and proponent for one in the Weddell Sea.

As the region of the planet that is experiencing the greatest change because of human-induced climate change, these protected areas will be critically important for building ocean resilience, as reference zones and refuges for marine bio-diversity.

However, securing such areas involves winning the political and diplomatic support of all CCAMLR members. Regarding the historic agreement on the Ross Sea last year, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry played a leading role in winning the support of China and Russia.

Building on that experience and acknowledging the responsibility of DG MARE for CCAMLR affairs, how will the Vice-President of the European Commission/ High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European External Action Service be contributing to winning the required support?

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