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Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies

1st Edition

Edited by Biliana Cicin-Sain, David Vanderzwaag, Miriam C. Balgos


640 pages | 95 B/W Illus.

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This comprehensive handbook, prepared by leading ocean policy academics and practitioners from around the world, presents in-depth analyses of the experiences of fifteen developed and developing nations and four key regions of the world that have taken concrete steps toward cross-cutting and integrated national and regional ocean policy.

All chapters follow a common framework for policy analysis. While most coastal nations of the world already have a variety of sectoral policies in place to manage different uses of the ocean (such as shipping, fishing, oil and gas development), in the last two decades, the coastal nations covered in the book have undertaken concerted efforts to articulate and implement an integrated, ecosystem-based vision for the governance of ocean areas under their jurisdiction. This includes goals and procedures to harmonize existing uses and laws, to foster sustainable development of ocean areas, to protect biodiversity and vulnerable resources and ecosystems, and to coordinate the actions of the many government agencies that are typically involved in oceans affairs.

The book highlights the serious conflicts of use in most national ocean zones and the varying attempts by nations to follow the prescriptions emanating from the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention and the outcomes of the 1992, 2002, and 2012 sustainable development summits. The interrelationship among uses and processes in the coast and ocean requires that ocean governance be integrated, precautionary, and anticipatory. Overall, the book provides a definitive state-of-the-art review and analysis of national and regional ocean policies around the world.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1. A Comparative Analysis of Ocean Policies in Fifteen Nations and Four Regions

Miriam C. Balgos, Biliana Cicin-Sain, and David L. VanderZwaag

2. International Agreements and Customary International Principles Providing Guidance for National and Regional Ocean Policies

Jon M. Van Dyke and Sherry P. Broder

Part 2: National Ocean Policies

3. Oceans Policy: A Canadian Case Study

Camille Mageau, David L. VanderZwaag, Ken Huffman, and Susan Farlinger

4. Australia’s Oceans Policy

Donna Petrachenko and Ben Addison

5. The Marine Policy of the Russian Federation: Its Formation and Realization

Yuriy G. Mikhaylichenko and Valentin P. Sinetsky

6. Strategy for Marine Environment Conservation and Development in the United Kingdom

Hance D. Smith, Iwan Ball, Rhoda C. Ballinger, Tim Stojanovic, and Tara Thrupp

7. Brazil’s National Ocean Policy

Milton L. Asmus, Etiene Villela Marroni, and Guilherme G. Vieira

8. Jamaica’s Oceans and Coastal Policy

Laleta Davis Mattis and Peter Edwards

9. Development of National Ocean Policy in Japan

Hiroshi Terashima and Moritaka Hayashi

10. Development of a National Ocean Policy in Mexico

Porfirio Alvarez-Torres, Antonio Díaz-de-León-Corral, Gustavo Pérez-Chirinos, Juan Carlos Aguilar, Roberto Rosado, Fausto Efrén Burgoa, Sofía Cortina, Mariela Ibáñez, Gaëlle Brachet, Norma Patricia Muñoz Sevilla, Evelia Rivera-Arriaga, and Isaac Andres Azuz Adeath

11. Development of a National Ocean Policy in the United States

Biliana Cicin-Sain, Gerhard F. Kuska, K. Caitlin Snyder, and Kateryna Wowk

12. Toward an Integrated Policy for the Ocean in Portugal

Mário Ruivo, Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Márcia Marques, and Raquel Ribeiro

13. Toward a National Ocean Policy in New Zealand

Prue Taylor

14. Norway’s Marine Policy: Toward Comprehensive Oceans Management

Alf Håkon Hoel and Terje Lobach

15. The Philippine National Marine Policy

Jay L. Batongbacal

16. National Marine Policy: A Vietnamese Case Study

Nguyen Chu Hoi and Hoang Ngoc Giao

17. A Case Study of India’s Policy and Legal Regimes on Ocean Governance

Tony George Puthucherril

Part 3: Regional Ocean Policies

18. The Integrated Maritime Policy of the European Union

Sylvain Gambert

19. The Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy and the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape: ‘Many Islands–One Ocean’

Mary Power and Anama Solofa

20. The Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia: Policy Implications at Local, National, and Regional Levels

Stella Regina Bernad and Chua Thia-Eng

21. Ocean and Coastal Policy Processes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues, Opportunities, and Strategic Options

Indumathie Hewawasam and Bernice McLean, with contributions from Leopoldo Maraboli and Magnus Ngoile

About the Editors

Biliana Cicin-Sain is Professor of Marine Policy and Director, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware, USA, and President of the Global Ocean Forum.

David L. VanderZwaag is Professor of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance, Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Miriam C. Balgos is Associate Scientist, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware, USA, and Program Coordinator for the Global Ocean Forum.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology