Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is a bureau within the United States Department of State that coordinates a portfolio of issues related to the world's oceans, environment, science and technology, and health.

The bureau works to advance the U.S. foreign policy goals in such critical areas as climate change, renewable energy, resource scarcity, polar issues, oceans policy, infectious diseases, science and technology, and space policy.

The Office of Marine Conservation within the bureau focuses on international fisheries matters and related problems. The Office of Oceans Affairs has primary responsibility for international ocean law and policy, marine pollution, marine mammals, polar affairs, maritime boundaries, and marine science. The Environment Directorate deals with environmental issues including environmental aspects of international trade and safeguarding hazardous materials requiring multilateral agreements.