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Protecting the world’s oceans – an important goal of Germany’s climate diplomacy

The world’s oceans are vital to our survival

They regulate the global climate and are a source of food and income for billions of people

  • Federal Foreign Office

Only a very small part of the seas enjoys legal protection, however.

Our diplomats are working in New York right now to change this state of affairs.

Our seas are at risk – owing to overfishing, marine pollution and the climate crisis.

One major reason for this is that the seas are, for the most part, a legal vacuum.

Two-thirds of the seas lie outside state sovereign territory and special protection measures apply to only a tiny fraction of them.

A binding marine conservation treaty

Germany and the…

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