Governing Oceans

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Governing Oceans

Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation

9781035315581 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Catherine Jones,School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK
Publication Date: March 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 558 1 Extent: 204 pp
This perceptive book evaluates the effectiveness of current ocean governance as it aims to respond to the threats of increased sea temperatures, salination, biodiversity loss, overfishing, and exploitation of ocean resources. Contributors pose the key question: what type of political space are the oceans and is it possible to create, implement and assess an international framework which enables the oceans to be governed?

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This perceptive book evaluates the effectiveness of current ocean governance as it aims to respond to the threats of increased sea temperatures, salination, biodiversity loss, overfishing, and exploitation of ocean resources. Contributors pose the key question: what type of political space are the oceans and is it possible to create, implement and assess an international framework which enables the oceans to be governed?

Recognising that the oceans are consistently underexplored in international relations, Governing Oceans adopts a unique interdisciplinary approach, bringing together experts in the fields of political sciences, heritage management, marine policy and coastal ecosystems who identify current challenges and good practices, and develop pragmatic suggestions for improvement. Chapters cover opportunities for improved governance of fisheries, underwater cultural heritage as a forgotten discipline, multi-level cooperation and the agency of IOC-UNESCO in shaping marine spatial planning. Embracing innovative approaches to spatial mapping policies and identifying patterns of cooperation, Governing Oceans provides a blueprint for improving the management of the seas.

Combining comprehensive theory and practical case studies, this book will be an insightful read for students, academics and researchers working in sustainable development, development studies, environmental economics, environmental and international law, and geopolitics. It will also be a highly informative read for governance practitioners and professionals working in the marine cultural heritage, ocean geography and international relations sectors.
Critical Acclaim
‘Governing Oceans, edited by Catherine Jones, brings together a diverse group of researchers from different countries that approach the governance of the oceans from various perspectives, cases, and fields. Based on sound research, the book sets the parameters to think critically about the multiple challenges regarding the matter.’
– Eduardo Svartman, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

‘Ocean governance is one of the most critical issues of the 21st century. Even more formidable than the gaps in scientific knowledge will be sustainably and equitably using ocean resources, not least because oceans are vastly different spaces from land. Governing Oceans skillfully navigates these challenges, melding various disciplinary insights and exploring solutions that consider oceans from fresh spatial and societal perspectives.’
– Tabitha Grace Mallory, China Ocean Institute and University of Washington, US

‘Working across disciplines, Governing Oceans provides a wide-ranging analysis of some of today’s most pressing ocean governance issues, from marine spatial planning, to the protection of cultural heritage, cooperation between agencies and actors, and the challenge of enforcement at sea.’
– Timothy Edmunds, Bristol University, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Carolina Ambinder de Carvalho, Daniele Dionisio da Silva, John Doran, Sabrina Evangelista Medeiros, Catherine Jones, Sheila Kong Mukwele, Pavlina Miteva-Bölter, Beth Mouat, Elena Perez-Alvaro, Rachel Shucksmith, Danai J. Tembo, Paul Tett, Inne Withouck
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction – governing oceans: what, why and how? 1
Catherine Jones
2 Barriers and opportunities for improved governance of
fisheries within the context of marine spatial planning 17
Rachel Shucksmith and Inne Withouck
3 Bridging the gap between legislation and implementation:
strategies for improved implementation of South Africa’s
marine living resource legislation 33
Danai J. Tembo
4 Underwater cultural heritage as a forgotten discipline in
oceans governance 61
Elena Perez-Alvaro
5 A value tree approach to integrate policy and legislation
into spatial decision support tools for siting offshore renewables 78
Inne Withouck, Paul Tett, John Doran, Beth Mouat and
Rachel Shucksmith
6 Multilevel cooperation on behalf of the ocean governance:
the Brazilian Navy case study 100
Carolina Ambinder de Carvalho, Daniele Dionisio da
Silva and Sabrina Evangelista Medeiros
7 The agency of IOC-UNESCO in shaping marine spatial
planning as a novel policy solution 120
Pavlina Miteva-Bölter
8 Enforcing ocean governance cooperation through
transboundary marine protected areas: establishing
opportunities and overcoming challenges 154
Sheila Kong Mukwele
9 Conclusion to Governing Oceans 169
Catherine Jones
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