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Source: CDU CSU

07.10.2020

Joint proposal by the CDU / CSU and other parliamentary groups

Ecologically intact seas are elementary for humanity. This is why the protection and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources are of great importance. However, as a result of climate change, exploitation and pollution, the seas are in crisis. The parliamentary groups of CDU / CSU, SPD, FDP and the Greens are therefore calling on the federal government to campaign for a marine reserve in the Weddell Sea of ​​Antarctica.

Minimize the effects of climate change

A corresponding joint proposal is to be passed in the Bundestag on Thursday. “The establishment of marine protected areas is one of the most effective means of preventing overexploitation and overexploitation, preserving marine ecosystems and habitats and thus minimizing the effects of climate change,” says the motion that the Union parliamentary group approved on Tuesday. The aim is to put at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans under protection by 2030.

“Treasury of biodiversity”

The Weddell Sea in Antarctica in particular has a unique ecosystem because it has so far been largely spared from human influence. About 14,000 different animal species live on the sea floor alone. Therefore, it must be viewed as a “treasure trove of biodiversity”, write the applicants.

Now climate change is also increasingly threatening the fragile ecosystem in the Weddell Sea. The rapid melting of the Thwaites Glacier and the ice shelf surfaces in the Antarctic could lead to a global rise in sea levels, which would pose new challenges for the global community as a whole. International fishing fleets also threatened the sensitive ecosystem.

Signal for the designation of further protected areas

If it were possible to designate the Weddell Sea as a protected area, this would be an overwhelming success, according to the application. With a surface area of ​​around 2.2 million square kilometers, it would be the largest marine reserve in the world. The establishment of this protection zone would also be a strong signal for the designation of further protected areas.

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