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Introduction: Oceans governance: Where have we been and where are we going?


Vince, JZ, Introduction: Oceans governance: Where have we been and where are we going?, Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 6, (1) pp. 3-4. ISSN 1836-6503 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2014.888131


Australian ocean governance faces the challenge of sustaining a balance between marine resource use and conservation while dealing with pressing threats resulting from climate change such as sea level rise, fisheries food security, IUU fishing and ocean acidification. Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a way forward for dealing with these challenges in oceans governance. This paper examines a recent Commonwealth MSP initiative in Australia: Marine Bioregional Plans (MBPs) that are based on large marine ecosystems and provide the framework for the establishment of the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas. Four MSP conditions are introduced: use of ecosystem-based approaches; spatial orientation; integration; and a multilevel policy framework. By analysing MBPs utilising these conditions, this paper outlines the challenges and accomplishments of this MSP process.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vince, JZ (Dr Joanna Vince)
ID Code:91640
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-05-23
Last Modified:2014-08-27

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