Developing a strong International Code for Ships operating in Polar Regions

Ms Claire Christian1

1Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, Washington DC, USA

While shipping in polar regions  continues to grow, additional traffic is putting these sensitive areas at risk for negative

ASOC coordination and leadership of eNGOs interested in this issue has played a critical role in ensuring that the Polar Code includes important environmental protection aspects and negotiations result in a meaningful instrument that will protect the polar regions.


Biography:

Claire Christian has worked for ASOC since 2009 and has developed substantial expertise on a full range of issues relevant to the Antarctic environment. Her aim is to educate and inspire people around the world to protect the Antarctic continent and its surrounding ocean, which are some of the world’s last great wilderness areas. In her work with ASOC, she coordinates policy and strategy related to many of the issues that impact the Antarctic environment, including tourism, fisheries, marine protected areas, and climate change. As part of this work, she has developed relationships with Antarctic stakeholders, including government officials, scientists, and industry. She leads ASOC’s delegations to Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCMs) and meetings of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). To share ASOC’s messages with as many audiences as possible, she has authored blogs, opinion pieces, and academic articles, and has been interviewed by a wide variety of international publications and media outlets. Claire has a special fondness for Antarctica’s fascinating but little-known invertebrate species and aspires to make them as famous and beloved as penguins. She received an M.A. in International Affairs at American University, School of International Service in May 2008.

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