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Ocean governance in the South Pacific region: progress and plans for action


Vince, J and Brierley, E and Stevenson, S and Dunstan, P, Ocean governance in the South Pacific region: progress and plans for action, Marine Policy, 79 pp. 40-45. ISSN 0308-597X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2017.02.007


The Pacific Island Regional Ocean Policy (PIROP), which was released in 2002, provided the framework for ocean governance in the Pacific region. Since then there have been a myriad of policy documents and institutional arrangements that have been developed to address ocean governance issues, however, little progress has occurred with regard to the actual implementation of PIROP. This paper examines the region's progress in establishing integrated oceans management, and how this fits with the use of marine spatial planning and area based management tools, such as marine protected areas. It argues that policy making in this region encounters the usual difficulties with integrated policy approaches experienced elsewhere but that these difficulties are further accentuated when applied to developing nations that are highly dependent on external support. It suggests a way forward for the future with development of action plans, implementation and the practical application of those plans including a regional contextualisation/analysis of progress against regional objectives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ocean governance; The Pacific Island Countries and Territories; Integrated ocean management; Regional ocean policy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
ID Code:114531
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-17
Last Modified:2018-03-27

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