Liz Karan leads Pew’s work to protect ocean life on the high seas, a global effort to safeguard marine life beyond national jurisdictions, where currently there is no method to fully protect these special places. Karan joined Pew in 2009 and has worked on several international marine issues, including aquaculture reform, global shark conservation, and Southern Ocean protections.
Karan has 15 years’ experience working in the environmental community, with a diverse background in marine conservation, climate and energy policy, business development, and marketing. Before joining Pew, she worked for the Center for Clean Air Policy, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the National Environmental Trust. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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The science is clear: The ocean is suffering from a suite of human-caused impacts, and action is needed soon to reverse that decline and ensure the protection of marine biodiversity in areas that have yet to be exploited. Read More
After two years of meetings, and building on more than 10 years of debate and discussion, a key U.N. committee has recommended that the General Assembly move forward as soon as possible with an intergovernmental conference to negotiate an international treaty to protect the high seas. Read More
After more than a decade of talks, the United Nations has the opportunity to move forward with a new international treaty that would protect marine biodiversity on the high seas. These ocean areas, which lie beyond the governance of any one country, are critical to achieving the levels of marine protection that scientists say are necessary to preserve vital and sensitive ecosystems, especially in... Read More