High Seas Policy Advisor - IUCN Global Marine Program
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Kristina M. Gjerde is Senior High Seas Advisor to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, where she teaches international marine environmental law.
For the past 15+ years, Kristina has been working at the nexus of marine law, science and policy. To that end, Kristina has spearheaded IUCN’s delegation at among others the United Nations, the Convention on Biological Diversity and more recently the International Seabed Authority and the UN Preparatory Committee, which is developing recommendations for a new treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national boundaries. She has co-founded a mix of scientific and civil society collaborative partnerships including the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative, the High Seas Alliance, the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, the Sargasso Sea Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, Ms. Gjerde received her BA in history (summa cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Gjerde has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications on law of the sea, fisheries, shipping, seabed mining and marine biodiversity conservation issues. Recent publications include: “An ecosystem-based ocean strategy” (Danovaro et al. 2017, Science), “Conserving the Common Heritage of Humankind – Options for the Deep Seabed Mining Regime” (Jaeckel et al, 2017 Marine Policy) and “Protecting Earth’s last conservation frontier: scientific, management and legal priorities for MPAs beyond national boundaries” (Gjerde et al., 2016, Aquatic Conservation).