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The Marine Environment
December 2007
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Conrad C. LautenbacherVice-Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, USA
...decribes how UNEP’s Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities assists sustainable management of oceans and coasts.

flexible instrument - page 4

Efthimios E. MitropoulosEfthimios E. Mitropoulos
Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization
...describes what is being done to protect the marine environment from shipping.

ship shape - page 8

Prof Dr Ulf RiebesellProf Dr Ulf Riebesell
of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany
...describes how acidification of the oceans has become a new reason for rapid and decisive action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

acid oceans - page 10

Lee A. KimballLee A. Kimball
a member of the Group of Experts of the Assessment of Assessments of the state of the marine environment
...describes international efforts to build knowledge, through ocean assessment, as the basis of sound decision making.

building knowledge - page 12

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BartholomewHis All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
the Archbishop of Constantinople
...describes how disorder in the world’s oceans and other waters is profoundly troubling for life on Earth.

in the same boat - page 16

Ibrahim ThiawIbrahim Thiaw
Director of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation
...describes how UNEP’s Oceans and Coasts Programme is being redesigned in the face of new challenges.

rethink, realign, redirect - page 18

Gerald MartenAmanda SuutariGerald Marten
an ecologist at the East-West Center in Honolulu
and author of Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development and Amanda Suutari, an environmental journalist,... ....describe how restoring mangroves can turn a vicious environment and development cycle into a virtuous one.

tipping points - page 20

Sandra BessudoSandra Bessudo
Director of the Malpelo/ MarViva Foundation Colombia
...describes a pioneering bid to conserve a unique patch of the world’s seas.

living laboratory - page 22

Philippe GautierPhilippe Gautier
Registrar, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve)
...describes the importance and role of the Law of the Sea in protecting and preserving the marine environment.

matters of judgement - page 26

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz
the actress who has appeared in 35 successful Hollywood films and was nominated four times for the Golden Globes
... describes her green upbringing and explains how she encourages others to be environmentally-friendly.

everyone's cause - page 31