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Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans by Mark Zacharias

Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

Part of the Earthscan Oceans Series


Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans by Mark Zacharias

This textbook provides the reader with a foundation in policy development and analysis and describes how policy, including legal mechanisms, is applied to marine environments around the world. It offers a systematic treatment of all aspects of marine policy, including environmental protection, fisheries, transportation, energy, mining and climate change. It starts with a biophysical overview of the structure and function of the marine environment with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities of managing the marine environment. An overview of the creation and function of international law is then provided with a focus on international marine law. It explores the geographic and jurisdictional dimensions of marine policy, as well the current and anticipated challenges facing marine systems, including climate change-related impacts and resource over-exploitation. The book should appeal to senior undergraduate and graduate students and form a core part of the curriculum for marine affairs, science and policy courses. It will also provide supplementary reading for students taking a course in the law of the oceans, but is not aimed at legal specialists.

About the Author

Mark Zacharias is an Assistant Deputy Minister in the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment, Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is co-author of the book Marine Conservation Ecology (Earthscan, 2011).

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Publication date

18th March 2014


Mark Zacharias

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


336 pages


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