Ocean Management, a Regional Perspective: The Prospects for Commonwealth Maritime Co-operation in Asia and the Pacific : Report

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‘This Report, coming as it does soon after the adoption of the new Convention on the Law of the Sea, provides an opportunity for Commonwealth countries of the Asia/Pacific region to assess the legal, political and developmental implications of the new order of the oceans in national terms against the background of existing sub-regional, regional and international co-operation in ocean affairs. Although the study relates to the marine regions of Commonwealth countries of the Asia/Pacific regions, it will be apparent that in view of the diversity of the ocean environment and the widely differing stages of economic development within that region, the Report will be of relevance to other regions of the world.’ - From the Report.‘The oceans of the world, along with outer space, are perhaps the last great frontiers to resist our explorative propensities… but, as technology advances, so the possibilities of exploiting the resources of the oceans – their minerals and hydrocarbons, their renewable energy potential and their food supplies – are coming within man’s grasp; … The Report seeks to draw together the bewildering array of information already available; to assess what action is being taken at national, bilateral and multilateral levels; and to identify policy operations for individual governments, and opportunities for enhancing co-operation between governments.’ - From the Foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General Shridath Ramphal.

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