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Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change

Edited By

Paul G. Harris

ISBN 9781138555914
Published June 16, 2022 by Routledge
342 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

PART 1. Introduction  1. The growing challenge for marine governance: global environmental change  PART 2. International law, regimes, and leadership in marine environmental governance  2. The global oceans regime: the law of the sea and beyond  3. The climate-oceans nexus: oceans in the climate regime, climate in the oceans regime  4. The legal implications of ocean acidification: beyond the climate change regime  5. Regimes for ocean management: regional seas programmes and blue-carbon habitats  6. Blue dimensions of the European Green Deal: climate action at sea  7. Leadership: actors and their strategies in marine environmental governance  PART 3. Non-state actors in marine environmental governance  8. Experts: scientific knowledge for ocean protection  9. Civil society: nongovernmental organizations, public opinion, and individuals  10. Private governance: the case of Marine Stewardship Council certification in Russia  11. Private-sector investors: climate action and blue carbon financing  PART 4. Governing marine environments and regions  12. Vulnerable nations and communities: accounting for those most dependent on the seas  13. Coastlines and nearshore habitats: interactive governance in an era of global environmental change  14. Islands: rising seas, vulnerable shorelines, and territorial integrity  15. Coral reefs: the case for social-ecological reflexivity  16. Fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia: managing the impacts of climate change  17. The Baltic Sea and global environmental change: best-in-class governance?  18. Governance of the Black Sea: institutional arrangements for managing the impacts of global environmental change  19. Polar seas: governing extreme change in the Arctic and Southern Oceans  20. Oil pollution and black carbon in the Arctic: dynamic shipping governance in a rapidly warming region  21. The high seas: adapting to changes in pelagic ecosystems  PART 5. Emerging issues in environmentally sustainable marine governance  22. Plastic pollution: the challenges of uncertainty and multiplicity in global marine governance  23. Maritime commerce and transport: the imperfect match between climate change and the International Maritime Organization  24. Global change and the development of sustainable floating cities: regulatory and legal implications  25. Oceans and seas for sustainable development: challenges of global environmental change for SDG14  26. Ethics, justice, and human rights: normative considerations in marine environmental change  PART 6. Conclusion  27. Prospects for marine governance in the Anthropocene: portents from the climate regime

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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.