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Protecting Antarctica’s coastal blue carbon: a case for international cooperation


Gogarty, B and Bax, N and Barnes, DKA and Sands, C and McGee, J and Haward, M and Lund Paulsen, M and Moreno, B and Moreau, C and Held, C and Downey, R, Protecting Antarctica's coastal blue carbon: a case for international cooperation, Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts, Edward Elgar Publishing, J McDonald, J McGee and R Barnes (ed), UK, pp. 462-484. ISBN 9781788112222 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4337/9781788112239


As sea-ice around Antarctica’s coastlines retracts, a massive ‘blue carbon’ area is emerging to replace it. This is a growing resource that is predicted to become the world’s largest natural carbon sequestration area. Given the loss of carbon sinks elsewhere and the existential threat of unabated climate change, this is an incredibly important global good that must be protected and promoted. In this chapter, we explore the legal and diplomatic barriers to that protection and posit potential solutions. In particular, we suggest vertical institutional linkage between the Antarctic Treaty System and the United Nations climate regimes as a way of incentivizing the establishment of global cooperative marine protected areas around Antarctica’s coasts.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:international law, climate change, blue carbon, antarctic, southern oceans
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Climate change law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Climate change mitigation strategies
UTAS Author:Gogarty, B (Dr Brendan Gogarty)
UTAS Author:Bax, N (Ms Narissa Bax)
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:142540
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2021-01-22
Last Modified:2021-04-29

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