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[Draft] Reef Preservation and Restoration

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[Draft] Reef Preservation and Restoration

Postby Bisofeyr » Tue Dec 05, 2023 3:42 pm

The World Assembly,

Cognizant of the rich biodiversity that resides within reefs and related ecosystems,

Believing that the efforts to preserve and restore such biodiversity falls firmly within the World Assembly's jurisdiction, and indeed duty in order to create a more beautiful world,

Lauding previous efforts from member nations to preserve these unique environments, and hoping to bolster these previous protections with further international regulations and requirements,

Hereby,

  1. Requires all member nations to designate reefs as protected marine ecosystems, and prohibits fishing, anchoring, diving, and other related activities that is reliant on the exploitation of the habitat and the biodiversity thereof, unless those activities are noninvasive to the point of minimal ecological impact without compromising the integrity of the reef structure, habitat, or biodiversity;
  2. Requires all member nations to regularly monitor the health of the reefs within their territories, including information concerning the biodiversity of the habitat, condition of the reef structure, and local and surrounding water quality, among other relevant factors;
  3. Forbids agricultural runoff, sewage discharge, plastic waste, and other pollutants harmful to reef ecosystem from being discharged into reefs or the waters surrounding reefs, except in cases where (1) the environmental impact of such pollutant discharge would be so minimized such that there are no discernible consequences, or (2) the economic impact would negatively impact the surrounding communities to such an extent that it would be difficult to otherwise recover, and the environmental impact is minimized to the greatest extent possible before incurring this economic impact;
  4. For reefs that fall under the jurisdictions of multiple nations, requires any World Assembly nations involved to attempt to cooperate in good-faith to protect the reefs in all nations in which it falls under, and find mutual regulations to promote the preservation of said reefs;
  5. Requires nations to promote the restoration of damaged reefs or sections of reefs within their jurisdiction, through actions such as:
    1. Funding or incentivizing the repair of previously damaged reefs, via proven techniques including coral gardening, micro-fragmentation, assisted evolution, and other techniques as deemed relevant or as discovered;
    2. Actively research and develop new methods to restore reefs and make them more resilient to harmful conditions;
    3. Propagate coral species that are more resilient to bleaching and other stressors;
    4. Share innovations in the area of reef restoration with other member nations, for them to put towards the provisions put forward in this resolution and other further restrictions surrounding reef health;
  6. Encourages collaboration with local communities surrounding reef ecosystems, bringing them into the fold in specific decisions and policies related to reef preservation and restoration;
  7. Requires for member nations to submit biennial reports on the status of reef health, as well as status of current preservation and restoration efforts to the Waterbody Health and Mitigation Management Organization, who shall evaluate these reports, give suggestions where necessary and, in the case of inconsistency, trigger an investigation and take appropriate legal action through the proper avenues as set out by the World Assembly.

The beautiful Goraumo Reef sits within the coastal waters of Bisofeyr, and we frequently marvel in the beauty it presents. As we have begun sending delegations to other nations across the world, we have become dismayed at the inability for others to revel in these environmental bastions as we have, and hope this proposed legislation ought to increase the health of reefs around the world. We invite feedback openly.

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Postby Kenmoria » Tue Dec 05, 2023 3:47 pm

Ambassador Fortier stands to speak. “The People’s Republic of Kenmoria is firmly in favour of protecting the natural resources of the World Assembly. However, I note that this proposal seems to rather completely ignore any possible interests other than the environmental. The first and third clauses, for example, have no consideration of overriding concerns that might warrant slight harm to a reef in order to achieve a great benefit elsewhere.”
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Postby The Ice States » Tue Dec 05, 2023 3:54 pm

Ooc: Support in principle. On a first glance, how would Section 3 interact with GA #645?
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Postby Bisofeyr » Tue Dec 05, 2023 9:51 pm

Kenmoria wrote:Ambassador Fortier stands to speak. “The People’s Republic of Kenmoria is firmly in favour of protecting the natural resources of the World Assembly. However, I note that this proposal seems to rather completely ignore any possible interests other than the environmental. The first and third clauses, for example, have no consideration of overriding concerns that might warrant slight harm to a reef in order to achieve a great benefit elsewhere.”

While the Bisofeyri people believe that the prioritization of other concerns above environmental is ignorant at best and downright malicious at worst, we do acknowledge that some nations so concerned with profits that an attempt such as this may be proven infeasible. As such, we have amended the language to allow limited exceptions that we hope the Kenmorian Ambassadorial Delegation shall find sufficient to address their concerns.

The Ice States wrote:Ooc: Support in principle. On a first glance, how would Section 3 interact with GA #645?

OOC: It seems to me that the only potentially complicated section is section 2 (whereas section three would simply add an additional mandate on what the current guidelines laid out in this proposal). Given the updated wording of this proposal (and particularly exception point 1), it should be consistent with the language laid out in section 2.

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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Dec 06, 2023 10:03 pm

E Mortimer Wellesley. I concur with the representative Kenmoria. Moreover, we should take care to recognise that non-member nations exist. It will do no good to force member nations to shoulder the burden to repair of a shared water space while non-member nations are actively destroying it.

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Postby Bisofeyr » Thu Dec 07, 2023 10:35 am

Imperium Anglorum wrote:E Mortimer Wellesley. I concur with the representative Kenmoria. Moreover, we should take care to recognise that non-member nations exist. It will do no good to force member nations to shoulder the burden to repair of a shared water space while non-member nations are actively destroying it.

I understand your point, ambassador Wellesley. I have reworded clause one to be more particular about allowing non-invasive activities, with guidelines for what may be considered allowed. Additionally, we have placed a provision within the clause pertaining to the repair of damaged reefs to only apply to reefs or reef sections within the jurisdiction of the member nation, so that your secondary issue is now hopefully minimized. We appreciate your feedback.

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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 07, 2023 3:50 pm

Pollution can flow over imaginary sea lines.

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Postby The Ice States » Thu Dec 07, 2023 4:02 pm

Imperium Anglorum wrote:Pollution can flow over imaginary sea lines.

Would requiring member nations to sanction non-members which pollute member nations solve this issue? If so, I would suggest that to the author.
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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 07, 2023 11:57 pm

The Ice States wrote:
Imperium Anglorum wrote:Pollution can flow over imaginary sea lines.

Would requiring member nations to sanction non-members which pollute member nations solve this issue? If so, I would suggest that to the author.

If you still require member nations to pay the cost of fixing the damage and the non-member nation just does not really care since it just does not do that much trade with member nations, you're still forcing member nations to fix damage they had no part in causing and which they will not find any compensation for. Though I guess if we move up the escalation ladder we could bomb the polluting non-member until it stops.

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Postby Bisofeyr » Mon Dec 11, 2023 12:55 pm

Imperium Anglorum wrote:
The Ice States wrote:Would requiring member nations to sanction non-members which pollute member nations solve this issue? If so, I would suggest that to the author.

If you still require member nations to pay the cost of fixing the damage and the non-member nation just does not really care since it just does not do that much trade with member nations, you're still forcing member nations to fix damage they had no part in causing and which they will not find any compensation for. Though I guess if we move up the escalation ladder we could bomb the polluting non-member until it stops.

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but are you implying that you would not support any environmental clean-up efforts that would likely spread between members and non-members, such as through oceans or, in many cases, through air? If this is the case, I believe our difference in opinion is irreconcilable; I would be more than willing to put potential tariffs or other trade regulations on disrespectful non-member nations, but if even that would not satisfy you, it may be necessary to, as the youth say, "agree to disagree." My nation believes that strong environmental legislation such as this is vital to protect international interests, and in fact that is the very reason we have entered this assembly.

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Postby Bisofeyr » Wed Dec 27, 2023 12:36 pm

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Postby Wallenburg » Thu Dec 28, 2023 1:56 am

"The necessity of keeping major ports of call operational cannot be ignored for the sake of a small habitat, however ecologically valuable. A minimum degree of access between port cities and the open ocean is necessary to meeting the vital needs of the population and to compliance with countless World Assembly laws. As unpleasant as it may be, we cannot justify restoring reefs where it would take decades to reaccomodate shipping infrastructure and all the industries and populations that rely on it. It should be enough to offset previous destruction of reefs by creating new ones of like composition in different locations."
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Postby Bisofeyr » Thu Feb 15, 2024 12:05 pm

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Postby The Ice States » Thu Feb 15, 2024 1:49 pm

"We would suggest the addition of the following Section so as to address the issue with regards to non-member nations polluting member reefs,"

Further requires member nations to enact the strongest possible trade sanctions, compliant with World Assembly law, on any non-member nation which fails to comply with Section 3 as if it were a member nation with regards to reefs partly or wholly under World Assembly jurisdiction;


"Further, to address the issue raised by the Wallenburgian Ambassador, we suggest the addition of the following to the list in Section 5,"

Funding or incentivizing the construction of reefs in the same or new locations to replace previously destroyed reefs of similar composition and ecological value;


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