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Challenges and opportunities for Southern Ocean and Antarctic governance


Vince, JZ, Challenges and opportunities for Southern Ocean and Antarctic governance, Geostrategic Futures in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, 5-6 December 2019, Canberra, Australia (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Surrounding the vast Antarctic continent is the treacherous Southern Ocean that is rich in marine life. The Antarctic region is governed by the Antarctic Treaty System which is made up of international agreements that manage marine resources and protect the Antarctic environment. Governance of this marine space is further complicated by other regimes outside of the Antarctic Treaty System such as the Law of the Sea Convention that gives Antarctic Treaty claimant states the ability to assert claims to adjacent offshore areas. In Australia’s case, the Australian Antarctic Territory and its adjacent Exclusive Economic Zone are not recognised by all states involved in the region. Consequently, these governance issues have resulted in political tensions for claimant states over maritime boundaries, the use of marine resources in the Southern Ocean, and the level of environmental protection. This paper analyses these tensions and the on-going challenges that are faced by states involved in activities in the Southern Ocean. It also addresses the opportunities that these governance arrangements can provide in this era of environmental and political uncertainty.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Antarctica, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Treaty System, CCAMLR
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vince, JZ (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
ID Code:137740
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-02
Last Modified:2020-03-13

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