India has extended its support to protect the Antarctic environment and by co-sponsoring a European Union proposal to designate East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the Earth Sciences Ministry said on Thursday.
Addressing a high-level ministerial meeting held virtually on Wednesday, which was attended by different European Union countries, Earth Sciences Minister Jitendra Singh said the two proposed MPAs are essential to regulate fisheries. illegal, unreported and unregulated.
He urged the member countries of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to ensure that India remains associated with the mechanisms of formulation, adaptation and implementation of these MPAs in the future. “India supports sustainability in protecting the Antarctic environment,” Singh said.
“India has extended its support to protect the Antarctic environment and to co-sponsor the European Union’s proposal to designate East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs),” the MoES said.
Singh said the proposal to designate East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as MPAs was first presented to the commission in 2020, but no consensus could be reached at the time. He said that since then, substantial progress has been made with Australia, Norway, Uruguay and the United Kingdom agreeing to co-sponsor the proposal. The minister added that by the end of October 2021, India would join these countries in co-sponsoring the MPA proposals.
Singh informed the EU delegates that India had embarked on an expedition to Antarctica in 1981, through the southern sector of the Indian Ocean and since then, there has been no turning back. He said that to date, India had completed 40 expeditions with plans for the 41st expedition in 2021-22.
Singh said this is the first time that India is considering co-sponsoring an MPA proposal at CCAMLR and aligning with countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States, which are also proactively considering supporting the AMP. proposals.
The minister said India’s decision to consider extending support and cosponsoring MPA proposals is driven by the principles of conservation and sustainable use and adheres to global cooperation frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Decade of the United Nations Oceans, the Convention on Biodiversity, etc. that India is a signatory.
The high-level ministerial meeting was hosted virtually by Virginijus Sinkevicius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Ministers, ambassadors and commissioners from nearly 18 countries attended. The meeting aimed to increase the number of co-sponsors of MPA proposals and reflected on a joint strategy and future actions for their rapid adoption by CCAMLR.
CCAMLR is an international treaty to manage Antarctic fisheries to preserve species diversity and the stability of the entire Antarctic marine ecosystem. It entered into force in April 1982. India has been a permanent member of CCAMLR since 1986. The Ministry of Earth Sciences coordinates CCAMLR-related work in India through its adjunct office, the Center for Marine Ecology and Living Resources (CMLRE) in Kochi, Kerala.
A marine protected area provides protection for all or part of its natural resources. Certain activities within an MPA are limited or prohibited to meet specific objectives of conservation, habitat protection, ecosystem monitoring, or fisheries management. Since 2009, CCAMLR members have developed MPA proposals for various regions of the Southern Ocean. The CCAMLR Scientific Committee reviews these proposals. Once accepted by CCAMLR members, the commission sets out detailed conservation measures.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"