Federal Minister Dr Hendricks lobbies for the Creation of Internationally Recognized Marine Protected Areas

Bundesumweltministerin Hendricks besucht Our Ocean Conference in Malta Enlarge image (© Germany Embassy Valletta)

Dr Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, represented the Federal Government of Germany at the fourth international “Our Ocean Conference” between 5 – 6 October in Malta. 

Germany had initiated the G7 and G20 action plans in order to combat such issues as littering and overfishing of the seas. The Federal Government allocated 30 million Euro for its implementation and for other projects to protect the seas. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) will make available another 191 million euro in the framework of the international climate protection initiative. 

The conference was attended by representatives of the BMUB, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the KfW Group, the German Embassy in Malta and German journalists. Around 1000 delegates from 90 countries participated in the conference. Malta was deemed as a good choice for holding the conference. It was in fact the Maltese diplomat Arvid Pardo who in 1967, nearly exactly 50 years ago, during the 22nd General Assembly of the United Nations delivered his groundbreaking speech to recognize the seas as common heritage of mankind. Since then Pardo is known as the father of the United Nations Law of the Seas Conference.