The Hidden Natural Wonders of the World


Covering nearly half of the Earth’s surface, the vast open-ocean and deep-sea environments of the high seas are ecologically vital, critically threatened and among the least understood on the planet.

Research has shown that the high seas hold some of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity on Earth, supporting an abundant diversity of marine life, providing migratory routes for whales and sharks, and harbouring remarkable ecosystems such as deep-water corals and other majestic marine life. However, only about 1% of the high seas are highly and fully protected, compared to 17% of land areas.

As negotiations for a strong High Seas Treaty resume this week at the UN Headquarters in New York, discover what we could be saving with High Seas MPAs and an ambitious High Seas Treaty.