Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law

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Daud Hassan, Tuomas Kuokkanen, Niko Soininen
Routledge, Jul 16, 2015 - Law - 248 pages

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is an integrated and comprehensive approach to ocean governance and is used to establish a rational use of marine space and reconcile conflicting interests of its users. MSP allows both a high level of environmental protection and a wide range of human activities and emphasizes coordinated networks of national, regional and global institutions.

This book focuses on the framework of international law behind MSP and especially on the transboundary aspects of MSP. It first sets out a general framework for transboundary MSP and then moves on to compare and assess differences and similarities between different regions. Specific detailed case studies include the EU with the focus on the Baltic Sea and North Sea, the Bay of Bengal and Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The authors examine the national and regional significance of MSP from an integrated and sustainable ocean governance point of view. They also show how transboundary MSP can create opportunities and positive initiatives for cross-border cooperation and contribute to the effective protection of the regional marine environment.


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Marine spatial planning in international law before
Marine spatial planning and various uses and interests
global and regional conventions
Marine spatial planning in the Baltic
Marine spatial planning in the European Union
Marine spatial planning in the Bay of Bengal subregion

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About the author (2015)

Daud Hassan is Director of Higher Degree Research in the School of Law at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Tuomas Kuokkanen is a Ministerial Adviser with the Ministry of Environment, Finland and Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Eastern Finland.

Niko Soininen is Lecturer of Environmental Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Eastern Finland.

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