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Marine Transboundary Conservation and Protected Areas

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Mackelworth


314 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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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.


"Overall, this volume provides a useful and timely contribution to the literature dissecting marine conservation approaches, and includes a range of interesting case studies that provide ample evidence for regional approaches to conservation and marine governance.

The volume will inform students, scholars, and practitioners alike, and provides a basis for further exploration of an important facet of marine conservation." - Elizabeth M. De Santo, Franklin & Marshall College in Ocean Yearbook 32 (2018)

Table of Contents


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

About the Editor

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.

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This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to oceans and the marine environment, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs, textbooks and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas