1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change

Edited By Paul G. Harris Copyright 2022
    342 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive handbook provides a detailed and unique overview of current thinking about marine governance in the context of global environmental change.

    Many of the most profound impacts of global environmental change, and climate change in particular, will occur in the oceans​. It is vital that we consider the​ role of marine​ governance in adapting to and mitigating these impacts. This comprehensive handbook provides a thorough review of current thinking about marine environmental governance, including law and policy, in the context of global environmental change. Initial chapters describe international law, regimes, and leadership in marine environmental governance, in the process considering how existing regimes for climate change and the oceans should and can be coordinated. This is followed by an exploration of the role of non-state actors, including scientists, nongovernmental organisations, and corporations. The next section includes a collection of chapters highlighting governance schemes in a variety of marine environments and regions, including coastlines, islands, coral reefs, the open ocean, and regional seas. Subsequent chapters examine emerging issues in marine governance, including plastic pollution, maritime transport, sustainable development, environmental justice, and human rights.

    Providing a definitive overview, the Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change is suitable for advanced students in marine and environmental governance, ​environmental law and policy, and climate change, as well as practitioners, activists, stakeholders​, and others concerned about the world’s oceans and seas.

    PART 1. Introduction

    1. The growing challenge for marine governance: global environmental change
    Paul G. Harris

    PART 2. International law, regimes, and leadership in marine environmental governance

    2. The global oceans regime: the law of the sea and beyond
    Erik van Doorn

    3. The climate-oceans nexus: oceans in the climate regime, climate in the oceans regime
    Rozemarijn J. Roland Holst

    4. The legal implications of ocean acidification: beyond the climate change regime
    Jennicca Gordon

    5. Regimes for ocean management: regional seas programmes and blue-carbon habitats
    Luciana Fernandes Coelho and Nata Tavonvunchai

    6. Blue dimensions of the European Green Deal: climate action at sea
    Gabriela A. Oanta

    7. Leadership: actors and their strategies in marine environmental governance
    Małgorzata Zachara-Szymańska

    PART 3. Non-state actors in marine environmental governance

    8. Experts: scientific knowledge for ocean protection
    Alice B.M. Vadrot

    9. Civil society: nongovernmental organizations, public opinion, and individuals
    Andrea Quirino Steiner, Elia Elisa Cia Alves, and Luís Paulo Santana

    10. Private governance: the case of Marine Stewardship Council certification in Russia
    E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Dmitri L. Lajus, Lars H. Gulbrandsen

    11. Private-sector investors: climate action and blue carbon financing
    Nata Tavonvunchai

    PART 4. Governing marine environments and regions

    12. Vulnerable nations and communities: accounting for those most dependent on the seas
    Greg Johnson, Amanda Alva, and Kelly Dunning

    13. Coastlines and nearshore habitats: interactive governance in an era of global environmental change
    Tony George Puthucherril

    14. Islands: rising seas, vulnerable shorelines, and territorial integrity
    Anemoon Soete

    15. Coral reefs: the case for social-ecological reflexivity
    Pedro Fidelman

    16. Fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia: managing the impacts of climate change
    Anastasia Kuswardani and Achmad Poernomo

    17. The Baltic Sea and global environmental change: best-in-class governance?
    Marko Joas, Henrik Ringbom and Nina Tynkkynen

    18. Governance of the Black Sea: institutional arrangements for managing the impacts of global environmental change
    Emma Avoyan and Jan van Tatenhove

    19. Polar seas: governing extreme change in the Arctic and Southern Oceans
    Nicole Wienrich, Hugh McDonald, Arne Riedel, Tim Packeiser and Janos Hennicke

    20. Oil pollution and black carbon in the Arctic: dynamic shipping governance in a rapidly warming region
    Benjamin Hofmann

    21. The high seas: adapting to changes in pelagic ecosystems
    Mitchell Lennan

    PART 5. Emerging issues in environmentally sustainable marine governance

    22. Plastic pollution: the challenges of uncertainty and multiplicity in global marine governance
    Judith van Leeuwen, Tony R. Walker and Joanna Vince

    23. Maritime commerce and transport: the imperfect match between climate change and the International Maritime Organization
    Judith van Leeuwen and Jason Monios

    24. Global change and the development of sustainable floating cities: regulatory and legal implications
    Otto Spijkers and Chuxiao Yu

    25. Oceans and seas for sustainable development: challenges of global environmental change for SDG14
    Shailly Kedia and Kapil Narula

    26. Ethics, justice, and human rights: normative considerations in marine environmental change
    Konrad Ott, Colin von Negenborn and Nele Matz-Lück

    PART 6. Conclusion

    27. Prospects for marine governance in the Anthropocene: portents from the climate regime
    Paul G. Harris


    Paul G. Harris is the Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. He is the author of six books and editor of 20 volumes on climate change and global environmental politics, policy, and justice.