Liz Karan

Liz Karan

  • Senior Manager
  • Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


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.

Recent Work

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  • Fate of the High Seas at Stake at U.N. Meeting

    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

  • U.N. to Tackle Ocean Health and High Seas Protections

    The ocean absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere—the carbon-sink effect that has caused the ocean to become 30 percent more acidic over the past 200 years. Further, more than 90 percent of global warming over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read More

  • U.N. Seeks Progress to Protect High Seas

    All those with a stake in protecting the global ocean will be closely watching the next meeting of a U.N. Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) that is charged with developing recommendations for an international treaty to safeguard sea life in areas beyond national jurisdiction, including the high seas. The PrepCom session convenes March 27 to April 7 in New York. Read More

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