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Editor’s note: In most instances in this article, the term “value” is used to indicate the importance and/or usefulness of something and is not a reference to a strictly monetary value. Cultural ecosystem services (described briefly in the article) provide a useful typology for cultural values that the ocean holds for stakeholders.

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By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM. Email: tundiagardy [at] earthlink.net

Editor’s note: In this article, the term “value” is generally used to indicate the importance and/or usefulness of something and is not a referring to a strictly monetary value. Cultural ecosystem services or “cultural services” provide a typology for cultural values that the ocean holds for stakeholders.

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  • UN Prep Committee recommends start of treaty negotiations to protect high seas marine life; new treaty would update UN Convention on Law of the Sea with provisions for creating marine protected areas in areas beyond national jurisdictions [Learn more here and here]
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MEAM’s sister organization OpenChannels.org is currently creating “Top Lists”, concise selections of resources on specific topics in marine conservation and management. These top lists include journal articles, reports, webinar recordings, newsletter articles, and blogs. They provide an easy way for practitioners to access a variety of sources of information on a topic quickly.

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