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High seas marine protected area policy development: Macro-goals or micro-actions?

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Hislop, CF (2007) High seas marine protected area policy development: Macro-goals or micro-actions? Environmentalist, 27 (1). pp. 119-129. ISSN 0251-1088

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Abstract

The notion of creating marine protected areas (MPAs) in the high seas has
been hailed as “an idea whose time has come”, and advocates are calling for them
to be part of a global representative system to be established by 2012. It is argued in
this paper that embedding the high seas MPA concept in the macro-goal of a global
representative system subsumes more pragmatic and politically acceptable “microactions”.
Development of politically contentious policy proposals such as high seas
MPAs may have a better chance of success if they proceed by increments and are
negotiated outside the limelight of a full scale, temporally defined global project.
The following paper critically analyses the salience of international environmental
agreements in the context of high seasMPAs and suggests a prototypeMPAestablished
by means of a negotiated agreement between a small number of countries which share
political will and technological capacity to make a difference. Modelled on the recently
implemented Titanic Accord, the prototypical high seas MPA would allow parties to
develop a collaborative, rules-based regime which could be used tomanage the actions
of citizens involved in activities that may have a negative impact on the specified area.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environmentalist
Publisher: Springer
Page Range: pp. 119-129
ISSN: 0251-1088
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1007/s10669-007-9016-9
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:32
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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