Freighter on the high seas

Conservation of deep-sea biodiversity and the new global ocean treaty

Sustainability and environment
Science and Information Technology

In this Sea and Society Talk, Thomas Dahlgren and Niels Krabbe will explore the significance of the new High Seas Treaty, its content, and its potential impact on the conservation of deep-sea biodiversity.

24 Oct 2023
12:05 - 13:00
Zoom webinar

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The talk is held in English.
Centre for Sea and Society

After more than a decade of intense negotiations, the United Nations reached a historic milestone in March 2023 with a new global agreement to protect marine biodiversity in international waters. Sweden now faces the challenge of implementing this ambitious agreement, which includes measures to reduce environmental impact and establish marine protected areas in the open ocean. During the talk, the speakers will provide their perspectives on the High Seas Treaty and its implications. 

Portrait Thomas Dahlgren
Thomas Dahlgren, Department of Marine Sciences

About the Speakers

Thomas Dahlgren is a Research Professor and Associate Professor at Norwegian Research Centre NORCE and University of Gothenburg, as well as the Swedish representative in the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Scientific Committee. He is an expert in marine biodiversity with emphasis on benthic invertebrates and has worked extensively on the use of molecular technology to assess biodiversity in marine environments. Dahlgren is currently engaged in the study of the impact on the marine environment from industrial activities including deep-sea mining, offshore wind farms, oil and gas exploitation and aquaculture

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Niels Krabbe, Department of Law

Niels Krabbe is a postdoctoral researcher in international law, particularly interested in marine management and the regulation of biodiversity, climate and natural resources in the law of the sea and international environmental law. He has extensive experience from working with law of the sea policy. As deputy director with the Department for International Law, Human Rights and Treaty Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden he was involved in the final negotiations of the new High Seas Treaty (Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction) and he has been co-chair of the EU working party on the law of the sea (COMAR). Much of his research and teaching builds on the combination of perspectives from academia and policy.

About Sea and Society Talks

Sea and Society Talks  is a lunch seminar series organized by Centre for Sea and Society focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals. 

Link to zoom webinar will be sent out after registration.