RIO DE JANEIRO (June 19, 2012) – After delegates to the Rio+20 Earth Summit finalized the United Nations text regarding protection of our oceans, Natural Resources Defense Council International Program Director Lisa Speer made the following statement:
“The positive steps contained in the text on plastic pollution, ocean acidification, fishing subsidies and overfishing - if vigorously implemented - will help reverse the decline of our oceans.
“We are exceedingly disappointed that no decision was reached to negotiate a new agreement for the conservation and management of biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions. But the acknowledged urgency for moving forward on this critical biodiversity issue is at least a step forward.”
On OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, please see:
* NRDC’s Web site on acidification here: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/acidification/
* Our press release on acidification here: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2012/120617.asp?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+(NRDC+Press+Releases)
* NRDC oceans program director Sarah Chasis’s blog here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/schasis/rapidly_changing_seas_ocean_ac.html
On PLASTIC POLLUTION IN OUR OCEANS, please see:
* NRDC’s Web site dedicated to plastic pollution here: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/plastic-ocean/
* Details on our campaign to end plastics in our oceans here: http://stopplasticpollution.org/
* NRDC oceans advocate Leila Monroe’s blog on plastics and oceans here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/lmonroe/at_rios_giant_trash_dump_prote.html
On HIGH SEAS MARINE SANCTUARIES , please see:
* NRDC international oceans program director Lisa Speer’s blog here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/lspeer/
For an overview of all of NRDC’s oceans-related priorities at Rio+20, please see http://www.nrdc.org/international/rio-2012/oceans.asp
NRDC has several oceans experts at Rio+20 who can explain and discuss these and other oceans-related issues in detail.
To arrange interviews or for more information, please contact me at [email protected] or 202.650.4625 or (+55) 2135455400 ext.1256. Email works best. You can also contact Kate Slusark in New York at [email protected] or 212.727.4592.