In observance of Earth Hour, CIGI hosted a Signature Lecture with Dr. Tatiana Saksina, Arctic Governance Officer at the WWF, on the topic of Arctic Governance. As climate change causes the ice of the Arctic Ocean to melt and new areas to open up, arctic unique environment faces unprecedented changes and serious threats from increased activities such as shipping, oil and gas and fishing. In light of these rapid changes, it has become apparent that improvements to the existing legal regime for the protection of the Arctic marine environment are urgently needed to respond to this crisis. WWF’s goal is to promote the closure of the arctic governance gaps, protection and preservation of the Arctic Ocean and sustainable ecosystem-based management of its resources. WWF offers new innovative solutions to the problem of the inadequate legal regime of the Arctic Ocean – a new legal arrangement and a networked governance system are amongst them. About Tatiana Saksina: Tatiana Saksina, a Russian national, is Arctic Governance Officer at the WWF International Arctic Programme. She leads WWF's work to promote the closure of the Arctic governance gaps, protection and preservation of the Arctic Ocean and sustainable ecosystem-based management of its resources. In this capacity she leads WWF's efforts on improvements to the arctic governance and regulatory regime. Before joining WWF, Dr. Saksina has been working for the Russian Academy of Sciences as a Senior Legal Adviser responsible for marine policies. She holds a Ph.D. degree in International Law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and an LL.M. degree in International Maritime Law from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. She specializes in the Law of the Sea. Dr. Saksina has several publications on the Law of the Sea issues.
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