Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


NZ and Australia to work together on high seas conservation

NZ and Australia to work together on high seas conservation

New Zealand and Australia will work together on proposals to develop a new international agreement for improving conservation and management of the marine environment beyond countries’ national jurisdiction, New Zealand Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced today in Kaikōura.

“New Zealanders and Australians share a strong association with the ocean environment, both of us have responsibility for huge ocean areas and we both have a strong history of leadership in oceans management,” the Ministers say.

“It makes good sense for us to work closely together on improving the conservation and management of the ocean environment beyond national jurisdictions.”

In 2012, the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development agreed on a deadline to report back to the United Nations General Assembly on filling this gap in oceans governance by September 2015.

United Nations discussions on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction are due to be held in New York next month.

“Two thirds of the world’s oceans are in areas beyond the national jurisdiction of individual nation states. Strengthening environmental governance to ensure the sustainable management of marine resources in this huge area is needed,” Dr Smith says.

“New Zealand has a proud record of leadership in oceans management with our Quota Management System, our network of marine reserves and our EEZ regulation, and we need to contribute constructively to this UN process by ensuring the high seas are also better managed.

“Australia is an obvious partner in this work as our near neighbour in the Southern Ocean and as a country which has long played a major role internationally in oceans management.”

Minister Hunt says this presents an ideal opportunity for Australia and New Zealand to forge an even stronger bond.

“Australia will work in close collaboration with New Zealand on ensuring that any instrument adequately addresses the gaps in governance and marine conservation and does not adversely affect our significant oceans interests and our associated rights, and obligations under international law,” Minister Hunt said.

Discussions this weekend in Kaikōura have reinforced the ambition our countries have for improving the management of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction,” he says.

“Our officials will be working closely together through the United Nations processes to help develop a new agreement to improve the sustainable management of our global oceans,” the Ministers said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news