ECO Networks

Organisations that ECO is a member of include:

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

ECO has been a member of the IUCN since the 1980s.  IUCN is made up of both Government members and non-governmental members.  ECO has successfully promoted resolutions and recommendations at the forum of the World Conservation Congress. ECO worked for the establishment of improved IUCN presence in the Pacific.

IUCNs Regional Office is based in Suva, Fiji.

The next World Conservation Congress is in France in July 2020. The IUCN Congress takes place every four years and last one was in Hawai'i in 2016.

ASOC (Antarctica and Southern Ocean Coalition)

ECO has been a member of ASOC since 1982 working on campaigns to stop mining in Antarctica, improve management of Antarctic krill fisheries, promoting marine protection, and was a key actor in the campaign to establish the marine protected area (MPA) for the Ross Sea.

ASOC is now working to implement the Ross Sea MPA, support the establishment of MPAs for East Antarctica, the Weddell Sea, and in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC)

ECO was an early member of the DSCC which was formed to address the issue of the impacts of bottom trawling on the high seas in the absence of an effective governance regime. The coalition is made up of over 70 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), fishers organisations and law and policy institutes, all committed to protecting the deep sea.

The dark depths of our oceans are home to cold-water corals, sponge fields, seamounts, hydrothermal vents and a multitude of other ecosystems that shelter strange and mysterious creatures found nowhere else on Earth.

High Seas Alliance

ECO is a member of the High Seas Alliance. The Alliance (HSA) is a partnership of 37+ non-governmental members and the IUCN which is working towards protecting the 50% of the planet that is the high seas. This is the areas of the global ocean that is beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas includes some of the most biologically important, least protected, and most critically threatened ecosystems in the world.

The Alliances's current priority is to ensure that an intergovernmental process under the United Nations from 2018-2020 develops a new legally binding treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which results in robust protection for marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Currently, there are no legally binding mechanisms for establishing marine protected areas outside States’ territorial seas, or for undertaking environmental impact assessments. Yet increasing impacts from overfishing, climate change, deep-seabed mining and shipping continue to negatively affect biodiversity on the high seas.

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