Philippe Cousteau Urges Russia To Support Creation Of Antarctic Conservation Area In 2020

Philippe Cousteau Urges Russia To Support Creation Of Antarctic Conservation Area In 2020

Source: UrduPoint

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 11th August, 2020) Russia, as the pioneer country in the South Pole, should join the initiative of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to create the world‘s largest sanctuary in Antarctica, environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr., the grandson of renowned oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, told Sputnik in an interview.

The initiative envisages designating some 4 million square kilometers (1.5 million square miles) of Antarctic waters as a so-called marine protected area with strict regulations on pouching, fishing and drilling for fossil fuels.

“We are seeking that Russia, in particular, support the initiative in the year marking 200 years since the discovery of Antarctica. It will be a signal for the global community that even during the difficult times of the pandemic the humanity can unite around the preservation of resources for the future,” Cousteau said.

The environmental advocate further voiced hope that Russia offer would its support to the initiative during the convention’s meeting in October, adding that all other CCAMLR member-states but China have supported the creation of the Antarctic sanctuary.

According to Cousteau, only 6 percent of Antarctic seas are protected at the moment, and the creation of a protected area will help increase the figure to 10 percent. The international effort appears even more important at a time when climate change threatens the South Pole’s biodiversity like never before, he argued.