August 22nd 2019

What are the hot issues this year? What are the prospects for creating new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)? And how can Japan contribute more to marine protection on the international stage?

The speakers are arriving in Japan fresh from MPA workshops with researchers and policy makers in Korea and China regarding MPAs, and the next international meetings of the Convention for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are coming up in October.

For more than ten years, FoE Japan has been an active member of the Antarctic and South Ocean Coalition (ASOC), working to create MPAs in the Antarctic. Our goal is to see a network of MPAs covering at least 30% of the Southern Ocean by 2030. Japan is a supporter of biodiversity protection as in the Aichi Targets under the Convention on Biodiversity and Goal 6 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are campaigning to see that Japan does it utmost to achieve those goals.

Presentations in English, with consecutive interpretation

■ Date & Time: September 3, 2019, 18:30 to 20:30
■ Venue: Global Environment Partnership Plaza (GEOC)
 1st floor of United Nations University Building, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

■ Speakers
- Claire Christian, Executive Director, Antarctic and South Ocean Coalition (ASOC)
- Bob Zuur, Marine Biologist and advisor to ASOC
- Randy Helten, Representative Director, FoE Japan

■ Cost: 500 yen (free for students and FoE Japan members)
■ Registration:
■ Organizer: FoE Japan

Friends of the Earth Japan (Randal Helten, e-mail: randal[at]

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