Annual Report 2009

UNEP Shelf Programme May 13 2009 was a historic milestone towards the defi- nition of maritime sovereignty – the deadline for many states of UNCLOS to deliver their submission for the extension of their outer continental shelf boundaries. This was the culmination of many years of work for the Shelf team and we are delighted that all of the develop- ing States assisted by GRID-Arendal were able to deliver

their full submissions (32 states) or preliminary submis- sions (36 states) in time. A comprehensive overview of this process Continental Shelf: The Last Maritime Bound- ary was published by GRID-Arendal in December 2009. Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries with extended deadlines and those still to develop full sub- missions will continue to receive support from the UNEP Shelf Programme for a number of years to come.

Global distribution of outer continental shelf

Sources: DOALOS/CLCS Situation as of 1st May 2010.

States that lodged a submission to the CLCS

Exclusive Economic Zone

Area of outer continental shelf according to the Executive Summaries of the submissions Area of outer continental shelf according to preliminary information

States that lodged preliminary information but did not disclose the extent of the area


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