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Governance solutions to the tragedy of the commons that marine plastics have become


Vince, J and Hardesty, BD, Governance solutions to the tragedy of the commons that marine plastics have become, Frontiers in Marine Science, 5 Article 214. ISSN 2296-7745 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 Vince and Hardesty. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00214


Plastic pollution has become the new millennium's tragedy of the commons. This is particularly true with the marine debris plastic pollution issue, which has seen significant global interest recently. There is long-standing acknowledgment of the difficulty in managing the commons, with regulations, economic and market based instruments and community-based solutions all having a role to play. We review the global plastic pollution issue in the context of governance and policy, providing examples of successes, opportunities and levers for change. We discuss the role of regulation, public perception and social license to operate (SLO) in managing waste that enters the ocean. We argue that while plastic pollution is a tragedy, there are many opportunities for reduction, management, and changes to the global community's relationship with plastic.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine plastic pollution, governance, oceans, marine debris, microplastics, social license, tragedy of the commons, waste mismanagement
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:126644
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:51
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-06-20
Last Modified:2019-07-30
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