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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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
The high seas—the waters beyond the jurisdiction of any government—make up 64 percent of the world’s ocean, yet only a patchwork of mechanisms, and few safeguards, exist to manage the ocean resources in these areas. Read More
The Pacific islands spread across a vast swath of ocean, with few airports and many time zones between them, but they have one critical thing in common: dependence on the ocean and the environment for economic independence and food security. Read More