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Antarctica and the strategic plan for biodiversity

Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Antarctic and Southern Ocean biodiversity is of considerable value. To understand the extent to which it is being conserved, a three-day high level meeting will be held in Monaco (8-10 June) to assess its conservation against the Aichi Targets. These targets form a central part of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Stanford University's PhD Candidate Cassandra Brooks will be playing a key role based on her research on Marine Protected Areas in the Antarctic.

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean south of 60° S are governed as international spaces, and are not subject to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Rather they are managed through the Antarctic Treaty System. Nonetheless, much value exists in understanding the extent to which conservation in the Antarctic region is likely to meet the 20 Aichi Targets, yet this has not been done. Key scientists, policy makers and conservation managers will meet in early June to discuss Antarctica and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The meeting is being held as a partnership between the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Monash University, the Centre Scientifique de Monaco, and the Government of Monaco. HSH Prince Albert of Monaco will conclude the meeting on 10 June with a statement on The Monaco Assessment.

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