NGO contribution to new vessel code for 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.


Claire has worked for ASOC since 2009 and has substantial expertise on issues relevant to the Antarctic environment,  Her aim is to inspire people around the world to protect the Antarctic and Southern ocean. She works with many Antarctic stakeholders, including government officials, scientists, and industry. She leads ASOC delegations to Antarctic Treaty and CCAMLR Commission meetings.   Author of several Antarctic-related blogs, opinion pieces, and academic articles, Claire has a special fondness for Antarctica’s fascinating but little-known invertebrate species and aspires to make them as beloved as penguins. She has an M.A. in International Affairs.

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