High Seas Alliance

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Synchronicity Earth has supported the High Seas Alliance since 2015 in their advocacy and campaigning towards an international legally binding treaty for the protection of biodiversity on the high seas.

The High Seas Alliance (HSA) is a coalition of 35 non-governmental conservation organisations, in addition to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which has the objective of unifying the voices of its member organisations to achieve better protection and governance of the high seas. Founded in 2011, the HSA combines expertise in law, research and campaigning to work with States at the United Nations (UN) to develop an instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which will provide protection for biodiversity on the high seas. The HSA works through a variety of methods, from the production of key science and reports, to official interventions at UN fora, to small scale meetings of sympathetic states. Through the combined experience of the team and the member organisations, the HSA represent a unique and incredibly influential body in international negotiations.

The HSA has strategically leveraged capacity of its member organizations to execute an effective and powerful campaign to achieve the launch and progression of a new agreement for the protection of high seas biodiversity. In July 2017, after six years of advocacy and campaigning work by the HSA, the UN General Assembly officially committed to developing a High Seas Biodiversity Treaty.

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