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Governance and measures for the prevention of marine debris


Stoll, T and Stoett, P and Vince, J and Hardesty, BD, Governance and measures for the prevention of marine debris, Handbook of Microplastics in the Environment, Springer, Cham, T Rocha-Santos, M Costa and C Mouneyrac (ed), Switzerland, pp. 1-23. ISBN 978-3-030-10618-8 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-10618-8_26-1


Marine microplastic pollution is increasingly seen as a transboundary problem that requires priority attention and represents a unique governance challenge, given the associated risks and ubiquity of microplastics in the marine environment. Various governance measures to reduce the use of microplastics and to prevent further pollution of the marine environment have been adopted or are under consideration by actors at different levels of governance. This chapter reviews these governance measures and we argue that the primary concern of regulators should be to prevent both primary and secondary microplastic leakage into the marine ecosystems. We proceed with the further assumption that most microplastic enters marine ecosystems from land-based sources, so policies designed to curtail this particular form of plastic pollution are given due emphasis in this chapter. The prevention of microplastic pollution in the oceans is inherently complex, and this chapter examines the governance framework on the global, regional, national, and subnational levels. Both international collaboration and complimentary governance by non-state actors are important in order to effectively prevent microplastic pollution entering the oceans. Evidence from the examples analyzed throughout the chapter confirms that a comprehensive, systems-level approach, including a combination of diverse prevention measures and the involvement of a wide range of actors, is necessary.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:microplastics, plastic pollution, governance, measures, marine debris
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment 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:Stoll, T (Ms Theresa Stoll)
UTAS Author:Stoett, P (Dr Peter Stoett)
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Dr Joanna Vince)
UTAS Author:Hardesty, BD (Dr Britta Hardesty)
ID Code:140475
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-20
Last Modified:2021-03-25

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