Nausicaa, the National Sea Centre, invites you to the High Seas International Conference, to raise public awareness and mobilise civil society on the challenges of the High Seas.

The conference is co-organised with l’Agence Française pour la Biodiversité (AFB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Ocean Forum, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Ocean Network and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The High Seas hold massive…

… potential for the future of humanity. We are dependent on the High Seas for climate regulation, biodiversity, fisheries, transport and communications. And representing almost 50% of the Earth’s surface, the possibilities of exploration, innovation and research are vast, from deep-sea minerals to new drug compounds. How can we ensure this valuable resource is managed sustainably, with the participation of all parties ?

High Level Conference

Interventions from high-level diplomats and speakers of the scientific community, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and academia will provide their insight about the High Seas governance, the Blue Society, and the legal challenges regarding the conservation and the sustainable management of marine resources. How can we as stakeholders work together to communicate, raise awareness and engage the public through media, educators and networks ?

Conference programme

27 June

  • High Level Dialogue and Media Workshop on Areas Beyond National Jurisdictions
    Organized with FAO and the Global Ocean Forum
  • Highlighting the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the High Seas
    Organized with UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Visit of the exhibition and cocktail evening

28 June

  • Shaping a toolbox for the Conservation of biodiversity in the High Seas
    Organized with the Agence Française pour la Biodiversité and the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)
  • Preparing for the negotiations on Biodiversity Beyond National Juridictions
    Organized with the Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères
  • Public Event on the Challenges of the High Seas






Twinning Conference: «High Seas : what’s at stake?» organized by the High Seas Alliance on June 21, Maison des Océans, Paris
More information and registration HERE