IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN WCPA High Seas Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
The High Seas Specialist Groups works on building capacity and knowledge, as well as supporting new technologies, for identifying, establishing, managing and monitoring marine protected area networks ...
The High Seas Specialist Groups works on building capacity and knowledge, as well as supporting new technologies, for identifying, establishing, managing and monitoring marine protected area networks and wider systems of area-based management tools in the 64% of the ocean beyond national boundaries.

Group leadership

Ms Kristina GJERDE

Chair

Prof Patrick HALPIN

Co-Chair
Professor Patrick Halpin leads the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Prof. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis ...
Professor Patrick Halpin leads the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Prof. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management. Prof. Halpin actively participates in a number of international scientific and ocean policy programs. Prof. Halpin and the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab are currently conducting research on the high-seas, global fisheries, marine spatial planning, marine migratory species, ecological habitat modeling, ocean connectivity modeling and deep-sea mining.

Ms Emily STOKES

Co-Chair
I am currently pursuing my masters degree in International Environmental Policy with a concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in ...
I am currently pursuing my masters degree in International Environmental Policy with a concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. I will be graduating in May 2022. I have worked in the field of ocean conservation for eight years and I have experience in international campaigning and advocacy, MPAs and other area-based management tools, policy research, international marine law, and program management.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN WCPA High Seas Specialist Group
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