The MAPS Treaty
Why do we need it?
Today, much of the Arctic Ocean is unprotected under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which gives coastal states full authority to exploit all natural resources within 200 nautical miles or more from their coastlines.
The MAPS Treaty is an addendum to the UNCLOS that protects all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle.
Local subsistence fishing
Observation and inspection
Natural resource exploitation
Through shipping traffic
By scientific estimates, half of the planet must become protected areas if we are to stop a staggering loss of biodiversity.
We are past the time for incremental steps to protect our ecosystems. Our world is in crisis and all life is at risk.
Bold, decisive and ambitious action on a large scale is required to keep our planet safe and healthy.
MAPS is not an end goal, but a baseline necessity.