The Commission for the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) has published a recommendation on the United Nations website (UN), legitimizing Brazil to incorporate 170,000 km2 of Continental Shelf area, in addition to the Exclusive Economic Zone. This means the expansion of territorial sea beyond 200 miles. An unprecedented achievement that did not affect the country. This will mean an increase in the possibilities of the country’s wealth, an increase in the number of surveys, besides obliging the country to increase its level of security and vigilance, imposing Brazil to invest more in its Navy.
The process of establishing the outer limit of the Brazilian Continental Shelf was initiated in 1987, through the work of data surveys. In 2007, as a result of the first submissions in 2004, Brazil received from CLCS the Report of Recommendations in which the Commission endorsed about 80% of the Brazilian proposal. On 25 August 2015, at the UN plenary meeting in New York, the Brazilian Delegation, following the protocol established in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, presented the revised Brazilian Partial Submission covering the Southern Region of Brazil. At that time, the technical and legal aspects that Brazil based to justify the proposed outer limit of the continental shelf were emphasized.
During the CLCS working sessions in New York, working meetings of the Brazilian Delegation took place with the CLCS experts appointed to conduct the analysis of the Submission of the Southern Region, in which questions were answered and clarified that led the Commission to accept and recommend that Brazil adopt the outer limit of the continental shelf in the Southern Region exactly as stated in the submitted submission.
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