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Title: Establishment of High Seas Marine Protected Areas: Towards an Implementing Agreement?
Authors: Boisvert, Marie-Claude
Advisor: Brunnee, Jutta
Department: Law
Keywords: marine protected areas
marine biodiversity
international law
Issue Date: 16-Dec-2009
Abstract: Although international law requires States to protect the marine environment and conserve marine living resources, human activities are still threatening marine species and its survival. In view of limited scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems, fragility of ecosystems and insufficient mechanisms of protection, marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction is at risk. Increasing attention has been given to the need to conserve this important and vulnerable biodiversity. The international community has begun to recognize the importance of marine protected areas (MPAs) as key tool to ensure sustainable use and preservation of biodiversity. However, the adequacy of the current legal framework related to the conservation of marine biodiversity through the establishing of high seas MPAs raises debates. Disagreements about the existence of inadequacies and need for an implementing agreement remain. My study seeks to determine whether the international legal framework is adequate for the establishment of MPAs or whether further measures are required.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18162
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