1st Edition

Marine Transboundary Conservation and Protected Areas

Edited By Peter Mackelworth Copyright 2016
    314 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The marine environment does not naturally respect arbitrary international boundaries. The establishment and management of transboundary marine protected areas therefore presents major governance challenges. This book analyses a series of marine transboundary conservation initiatives embedded in varying contextual situations to examine the underlying reasons for their success or failure. 

    Utilising an adapted ‘pathways of influence’ framework, it provides insights into the development of marine transboundary conservation initiatives looking at the effectiveness of international rules, international norms and discourse, market forces and direct access to policy making. Examples come from a wide range of jurisdictions, including territorial seas, continental shelves, exclusive economic zones and areas beyond national jurisdiction. Case studies include initiatives in the Coral Triangle, West Africa, Central America, the Wadden Sea, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. 

    In addition the authors assess the potential for developing wider international cooperation as a result of relationships forged though involvement within these marine transboundary conservation initiatives.


    Peter Mackelworth

    1. The Problems Posed by Marine Protected Areas having a Transboundary Character

    Tullio Scovazzi and Ilaria Tani

    2. Defining Approaches to the Management of Large Marine Systems

    Hugh Kirkman and Peter Mackelworth

    3. Harnessing Market Forces for Financial Inclusivity in Marine and Coastal Conservation: Lessons from Market Systems Development Approach

    Zenebe Bashaw Uraguchi and Essam Yassin Mohammed

    4. Democracy and Neo-liberal Policies affecting Conservation Policy

    Gabriela Kütting

    5. Remembering the Red Sea Marine Peace Park

    Michelle Portman and Yael Teff-Seker

    6. The Prospect of a Transboundary Marine Protected Area to Help Resolve the Piran Bay Border Dispute in the Northern Adriatic

    Peter Mackelworth, Matic Jančič, Bojan Lazar and Draško Holcer

    7. The Philippines-Sabah Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area (TIHPA)

    Evangeline Miclat and Enrique Nunez

    8. Protected Land and Sea Areas between Corsica and Sardinia: The Case Study of the Natural Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio and La Maddalena Archipelago National Park

    Giuseppe Bonanno and Enrico Lippi

    9. Building on the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals

    Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara and Tundi Agardy

    10. The West African Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas: An Effective Tool for Bridging the Gap between Two International Environmental Frameworks

    Dominique Duval-Diop

    11. The Coral Triangle: Securing Investments for Oceans

    Stuart Campbell and Lida Pet Soede

    12. The Wadden Sea, Trans-boundary Cooperation on a Shared Natural Heritage

    Jens Enemark

    13. Marine Peace Park Korea Initiative in the Western Transboundary Coastal Area of the Korean Peninsula

    Jungho Nam and Daeseok Kang

    14. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System

    Alejandro Arrivillaga and Maria Eugenia Arreola

    15. Conserving the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone: One of the World’s First High Seas Marine Protected Areas

    David Johnson

    16. Conclusion

    Peter Mackelworth


    Peter Mackelworth is Conservation Director of the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Croatia, and a Lecturer in the Department of Biodiversity, University of Primorska, Slovenia.