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Oceans in Transition: Incorporating Climate-Change Impacts into Environmental Impact Assessment for Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

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Abstract


  • The oceans and their biodiversity are coming under increasing threat from

    climate-change impacts including increasing water temperatures,

    deoxygenation, and ocean acidification. The adverse effects of climate change

    are exacerbating the stresses experienced by species, habitats, and ecosystems

    in all marine areas and diminishing the ecological services they provide.

    Identifying the nature and extent of climate-change impacts on marine

    biodiversity through environmental impact assessment and associated mitigation

    measures is a critical step towards lessening adverse impacts and stemming

    biodiversity loss. While legal and institutional frameworks for environmental

    impact assessment are well established for marine areas under national

    jurisdiction, collaborative structures and mechanisms for environmental impact

    assessment in areas beyond national jurisdiction are still fragmentary and

    underdeveloped. This Article reviews the existing international law and policy

    framework for environmental impact assessment in areas beyond national

    jurisdiction and discusses options for incorporating consideration of climatechange

    impacts into environmental impact assessment processes through a new

    international legally binding instrument for conservation and sustainable use of

    marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction being developed

    through the United Nations General Assembly.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • R. Warner, 'Oceans in Transition: Incorporating Climate-Change Impacts into Environmental Impact Assessment for Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction' (2018) 45 Ecology Law Quarterly 31-52.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85054964881

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4632&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3605

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 31

End Page


  • 52

Volume


  • 45

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The oceans and their biodiversity are coming under increasing threat from

    climate-change impacts including increasing water temperatures,

    deoxygenation, and ocean acidification. The adverse effects of climate change

    are exacerbating the stresses experienced by species, habitats, and ecosystems

    in all marine areas and diminishing the ecological services they provide.

    Identifying the nature and extent of climate-change impacts on marine

    biodiversity through environmental impact assessment and associated mitigation

    measures is a critical step towards lessening adverse impacts and stemming

    biodiversity loss. While legal and institutional frameworks for environmental

    impact assessment are well established for marine areas under national

    jurisdiction, collaborative structures and mechanisms for environmental impact

    assessment in areas beyond national jurisdiction are still fragmentary and

    underdeveloped. This Article reviews the existing international law and policy

    framework for environmental impact assessment in areas beyond national

    jurisdiction and discusses options for incorporating consideration of climatechange

    impacts into environmental impact assessment processes through a new

    international legally binding instrument for conservation and sustainable use of

    marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction being developed

    through the United Nations General Assembly.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • R. Warner, 'Oceans in Transition: Incorporating Climate-Change Impacts into Environmental Impact Assessment for Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction' (2018) 45 Ecology Law Quarterly 31-52.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85054964881

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4632&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3605

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 31

End Page


  • 52

Volume


  • 45

Place Of Publication


  • United States