Pledge made to reduce underwater noise levels

By Kira Wronska Dorward  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Inuit Circumpolar Council vice-chair Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk is applauding the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for recognizing the rights of Indigenous peoples and committing to reduce underwater noise levels. Following a meeting in London, England, in late January, the IMO affirmed articles 29, 41, 42 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These passages emphasize the importance of environmental protection, fishing and harvesting use. They were included in the action plan created to reduce underwater noise caused by shipping. The global maritime community also re-affirmed the Inuit Nunaat Guidelines. “We are encouraged by the progress made last week our goal of seeing Indigenous knowledge utilized throughout the action plan and ultimately in the planning, operations and end goal of…

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