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By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM. Email: tundiagardy [at]

Editor’s note: In this article, the term “value” is generally used to indicate the importance and/or usefulness of something and is not a referring to a strictly monetary value. Cultural ecosystem services or “cultural services” provide a typology for cultural values that the ocean holds for stakeholders.

  • UN Prep Committee recommends start of treaty negotiations to protect high seas marine life; new treaty would update UN Convention on Law of the Sea with provisions for creating marine protected areas in areas beyond national jurisdictions [Learn more here and here]
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