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Comparative Ocean Governance

Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change

Robin Kundis Craig

Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, US, where she is affiliated with the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment

2012 200 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 791 2
2013 Paperback 978 1 78195 191 0
ebook isbn 978 1 78100 520 0

Hardback £67.00 on-line price £60.30

Paperback £25.00 on-line price £20.00


Series: New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

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‘Craig, an environmental law scholar, reviews the history of managing and governing coastal and oceanic systems after providing an extended abstract on historical and current stresses to these areas. She concludes with an extended section detailing emerging management philosophy and practices. The author’s writing style is clear and remarkably lively. . . the book is a good introduction to an emerging topic – managing natural systems as the climate changes.’
– S.R. Fegley, Choice


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Comparative Ocean Governance examines the world’s attempts to improve ocean governance through place-based management – marine protected areas, ocean zoning, marine spatial planning – and evaluates this growing trend in light of the advent of climate change and its impacts on the seas.

This monograph opens with an explanation of the economics of the oceans and their value to the global environment and the earth’s population, the long-term stressors that have impacted oceans, and the new threats to ocean sustainability that climate change poses. It then examines the international framework for ocean management and coastal nations’ increasing adoption of place-based governance regimes. The final section explores how these place-based management regimes intersect with climate change adaptation efforts, either accidentally or intentionally. It then offers suggestions for making place-based marine management even more flexible and responsive for the future.

Environmental law scholars, legislators and policymakers, marine scientists, and all those concerned for the welfare of the world’s oceans will find this book of great value.

Full table of contents

Contents: Introduction Part I: The Ocean and the Threats to it 1. The Value of the Oceans 2. Non-Climate Threats to Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity 3. Climate Change and the Oceans Part II: Ocean Governance, International Law, and Place-based Protections for Marine Ecosystems 4. The International Legal Framework of Ocean Governance 5. Place-based Marine Governance: An Overview Part III: Adapting Place-based Marine Governance to Climate Change 6. ‘Accidental’ Adaptation: Climate Change and Existing Place-based Marine Management 7. Purposeful Climate Change Adaptation in Place-based Governance Systems 8. Making Marine Spatial Planning Climate Change Dynamic Conclusion Index

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