1st Edition

Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific
Climate Change, Biodiversity and Communities

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ISBN 9780367203245
July 14, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume examines environmental law and governance in the Pacific, focussing on the emerging challenges this region faces.

The Pacific is home to some of the world’s most astonishing biological and cultural diversity. At the same time, Pacific Island nations are economically and technically under-resourced in the face of tremendous environmental challenges. Destructive weather events, ocean acidification, mining, logging, overfishing and pollution increasingly degrade ecosystems and affect fishing, farming and other cultural practices of Pacific Islanders. Accordingly, there is an urgent need to understand and analyse the role of law and governance in responding to these pressures in the Pacific. Drawing on academic and practitioner expertise from the Pacific region, as well as Europe and the United States, this unique collection navigates the major environmental law and governance challenges of the present and future of the Pacific. Fourteen Pacific Island countries, including the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa, and a broad range of themes, such as deep-sea mining, fisheries, protected areas, heritage, endangered species, human rights and access to justice, are addressed in the volume, thus providing a truly comprehensive and state of the art overview of environmental law and governance within specific jurisdictions as well as across the Pacific region as a whole.

This volume will be essential reading for students and scholars interested in environmental law and governance in the Pacific region, as well as policymakers, practitioners and NGOs involved in the development and implementation of environmental law and policy.

Table of Contents

Part I. Overview and Context  

1. Introduction

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh and Evan Hamman

2. Environmental Law in a Context of Legal Pluralism

Sue Farran

PART II. Climate Change 

3. Climate Change Law in the Pacific

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh and Sarah Mead 

4. Climate Change and Traditional Customary Law

Kirsten Davies 

PART III. Biodiversity Conservation

5. International and Regional Law and Governance for Biodiversity Conservation, and Large-Scale Marine Protection in Pacific Island Countries

Justin Rose

6. Local-Level Governance and Biodiversity Conservation in the Pacific

Justin Rose

7. Conservation of Seabirds in the Pacific: Governance Gaps and Opportunities

Eduardo Gallo-Gajiao, Evan Hamman and Bradley Woodworth 

8. Endangered and Invasive Species: Pacific Island Legal Responses to Complex Environmental Challenges

Erika Techera 

PART IV. Natural Resource Management and Sensitive Ecological Areas  

9. Mining the Pacific: Risk-Based Regulation for Biodiversity Conservation

Evan Hamman and Aline Jaekel 

10. Wetlands of the Pacific: Towards Effective Law and Governance

Evan Hamman and Vainuupoj Jungblut 

PART V. Communities

11. Cultural and Natural Heritage in Pacific Island States

Lucas Lixinski 

12. Human Rights and the Environment in Pacific Island States

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Hansdeep Singh and Jaspreet Singh

13. Access to Environmental Justice for Pacific Islanders

Elaine Johnson

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Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of the South Pacific.

Evan Hamman is a Lecturer in the school of law at Queensland University of Technology.


"For the first time, this book brings together a wealth of legal expertise on the greatest challenges facing the Pacific Islands region: environmental degradation and climate change. The analysis of various dimensions of law and governance, including custom and culture, will be useful to anyone engaged in understanding and tackling these challenges."Morgan Wairu, Acting Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

"This unique collection addresses key issues and themes relating to environmental law and governance in the Pacific, with specific attention to the diversity of laws and normative systems that characterise the region. On the heels of the Worldwide Voyage (Malama Honua, or to care for the Earth), this collection represents another inspiring journey beyond our respective horizons to connect and learn with others in the spirit of Pacific voyaging traditions."David Forman, Director of the Environmental Law Program, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Mañoa, U.S.A

"All readers with an interest in the environmental challenges facing the Pacific Islands region will find this an excellent resource. Its breadth and scope, along with the attention to communities, culture and legal pluralism make it an ideal starting point for research, teaching and practice."Shaista Shameem, Dean of the Justice Devendra Pathik School of Law, The University of Fiji, Fiji