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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After more than 10 years of debate and discussion, the United Nations is meeting this week to launch an intergovernmental conference to negotiate a treaty on global protections for critical marine biodiversity on the high seas. In late December, in a landmark moment for the oceans, U.N. member governments agreed by consensus to move forward with four negotiating sessions by mid-2020. Read More
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