Effective protection of the marine and terrestrial environment increasingly requires cooperation between neighbouring States, international organizations, government entities and communities within States. This book analyses key aspects of transboundary environmental law and policy and their implementation in Asia, Australasia and Australian offshore territories, and surrounding areas beyond national jurisdiction including Antarctica. It discusses the potential for implementing key transboundary environmental mechanisms such as the 1991 Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its 1997 Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Kiev Protocol) in Australia and Asia drawing on experience from other regions and the potential application of these agreements to all UN member states. The book makes an innovative contribution to research in the area of transboundary environmental governance particularly as it applies to Asia, Australasia and international areas, supplementing similar research which has predominantly focused on Europe and North America.
’Shedding light on the embryonic stage of transboundary environmental governance in marine and coastal areas, this book contributes to the evolution of this concept by analysing the complex challenges it faces. It is a valuable addition to a growing and demanding field of environmental law and policy.’ Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, Norway ’Transboundary environmental regulation is an area of growing significance. The volume is well written and addresses not merely international but also domestic transboundary environmental regulation, with an emphasis on Asia and Australasia. This collection of succinct chapters covers a surprising breadth of issues in a burgeoning field.’ Stuart Kaye, The University of Western Australia, Australia ’This important and timely volume provides a thorough assessment of the governance challenges associated with transboundary environmental impacts and offers much thoughtful commentary on the future trajectories of the legal and policy responses to these challenges. The editors have done an admirable job integrating regional and global perspectives across a variety of key resource management issues in the coastal and marine environment. The volume will be a particularly valuable resource to legal and policy scholars and students interested in the implementation of environmental governance tools, including environmental and strategic impact assessment.’ A. Neil Craik, University of Waterloo, Canada
Contents: Foreword, David Freestone; Perspectives on transboundary environmental governance, Robin Warner and Simon Marsden; Part I Inland and Coastal Perspectives: Transboundary environmental; governance in the Murray Darling basin, Brendan Grigg; Transboundary environmental governance, collaboration and the law: empirical insights from water and natural resource management in inland Queensland, Australia, Cameron Holley; Marine protected areas and transboundary governance, Lorne Kriwoken, Julie Davidson and Michael Lockwood; Effective governance across Central Asian boundaries: what lessons does the Central Asian transboundary watercourse management experience provide for mountain biodiversity conservation across the Kyrgyz-Tajik boundary? Michelle Lim; Developing agreements for transboundary environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment in Asia, Simon Marsden. Part II Marine Perspectives: Transboundary pollution from offshore oil and gas activities in the seas of South East Asia, Youna Lyons; Coordinating strategic environmental assessments of marine and terrestrial plans: Australian experience in the sub-Antarctic, Simon Marsden; Transboundary environmental governance and emerging environmental threats: geo-engineering in the marine environment, Karen N. Scott; A model litigant? Australia’s record in transboundary environmental litigation, Tim Stephens; Transboundary environmental impact assessment in marine areas, Warwick Gullett; Conserving marine biodiversity beyond boundaries: developing environmental assessment frameworks, Robin Warner; Could the Espoo Convention become a global regime for environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment?, Timo Koivurova; Bibliography; Index.