Zambia joins global effort to protect high seas with BBNJ treaty signing

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ZAMBIA has taken a significant step towards protecting marine biodiversity beyond national borders by signing the United Nations Convention on the conservation and sustainable use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

The country’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr.Chola Milambo, signed the treaty on behalf of the government, joining over 80 other member states committed to safeguarding the high seas.

This was contained in a statement issued by Namatama Njekwa, the first secretary for press and public relations of the permanent mission of Zambia to the UN.

The treaty, also known as the High Seas Treaty, represents a crucial milestone after nearly two decades of deliberations and negotiations.

“It stands as the first international, legally binding instrument specifically designed to conserve and sustainably manage marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction,” the statement read.

Dr. Milambo emphasized the importance of the treaty for Zambia, despite its landlocked status.

He explained that over 80% of global trade relies on maritime shipping, making safe passage through the oceans vital for Zambia’s economy.

The treaty’s focus on sustainable practices ensures the long-term health of these crucial trade routes, ultimately impacting the cost of goods and services for Zambians.

The BBNJ Treaty also opens doors for young Zambian scientists and geologists specializing in marine research.

By Moses Makwaya

Kalemba February 15, 2015.

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