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ANCORS Explores New Frontiers in Ocean Governance

Two new books lead edited by Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) staff member Associate Professor Robin Warner explore the multi-dimensional governance challenges for global and regional communities confronting the effects of climate change and transboundary influences on marine and coastal areas.

Climate Change and the Oceans: Gauging the Legal and Policy Currents in the Asia Pacific and Beyond edited by Associate Professor Robin Warner and Professor Clive Schofield and published by Edward Elgar Publishers in November 2012 draws together informed opinion from a range of disciplines to examine the impacts of climate change on marine and coastal areas and to review legal and policy responses to the rapidly changing ocean environment.

Issues, including the implications of climate change for fisheries and marine biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region and the Southern Ocean, maritime security, global shipping, marine jurisdiction and marine geo-engineering are covered as well as ocean based solutions to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. ANCORS and University of Wollongong contributors include Associate Professor Robin Warner, Professor Clive Schofield, Dr Chris Rahman, Professor Richard Kenchington, Dr Pia Winberg and Dr. Ana Rubio (Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre) and Andi Arsana.

Effective protection of the marine environment increasingly requires cooperation between neighbouring States, international organizations, government entities and communities within States.

Transboundary Environmental Governance: Inland, Coastal and Marine Perspectives, edited by Associate Professor Robin Warner from ANCORS and Associate Professor Simon Marsden from Flinders University and published by Ashgate in December 2012 analyses key aspects of transboundary environmental law and policy and their implementation in Asia, Australasia 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 assesses the governance challenges associated with transboundary environmental impacts and comments on future trajectories in legal and policy responses to these challenges. In the new field of transboundary environmental governance it seeks to integrate regional and global perspectives across a variety of key resource management issues in the coastal and marine environment. Contributors from ANCORS include Professor Warwick Gullett and Associate Professor Robin Warner.

Last reviewed: 11 July, 2014

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