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Small island states and the LOS convention 30 years on: have the benefits been realised?

Chapter


Abstract


  • Although the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC)

    is of great importance to a majority of countries, coastal states, naval powers

    and distant water fishing nations alike, there is a group of countries for whom

    the sea is such an integral part of their existence that the LOSC, as the

    “Constitution for the Oceans,” must be regarded as being of fundamental significance.

    The populations of these countries, comprised of one or more relatively

    small islands, find their way of life, indeed their very existence, dominated

    by the sea. The UN Secretary-General noted in 2011 that small islands are, “by

    their very nature, highly dependent on oceans and seas for the livelihoods of

    their people, while also remaining extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise and the

    adverse effects of climate change, pollution and other stresses on oceans and

    marine resources.” The LOSC provides small island states with a degree of

    stability and security, allowing them to deal on a more even footing with larger

    and more prosperous nations and to more easily access the benefits of marine

    resources.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Davis, R. A. & Hanich, Q. A. (2012). Small island states and the LOS convention 30 years on: have the benefits been realised?. In A. Chircop, S. Coffen-Smout & M. McConnell (Eds.), Ocean Yearbook 26: Celebrating 300 Years of Ocean Governance Under the United Nation Convention on the law of the Sea, 1982 (pp. 49-85). Leiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789004226890

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/528

Book Title


  • Ocean Yearbook 26: Celebrating 300 Years of Ocean Governance Under the United Nation Convention on the law of the Sea, 1982

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 85

Place Of Publication


  • Leiden, The Netherlands

Abstract


  • Although the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC)

    is of great importance to a majority of countries, coastal states, naval powers

    and distant water fishing nations alike, there is a group of countries for whom

    the sea is such an integral part of their existence that the LOSC, as the

    “Constitution for the Oceans,” must be regarded as being of fundamental significance.

    The populations of these countries, comprised of one or more relatively

    small islands, find their way of life, indeed their very existence, dominated

    by the sea. The UN Secretary-General noted in 2011 that small islands are, “by

    their very nature, highly dependent on oceans and seas for the livelihoods of

    their people, while also remaining extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise and the

    adverse effects of climate change, pollution and other stresses on oceans and

    marine resources.” The LOSC provides small island states with a degree of

    stability and security, allowing them to deal on a more even footing with larger

    and more prosperous nations and to more easily access the benefits of marine

    resources.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Davis, R. A. & Hanich, Q. A. (2012). Small island states and the LOS convention 30 years on: have the benefits been realised?. In A. Chircop, S. Coffen-Smout & M. McConnell (Eds.), Ocean Yearbook 26: Celebrating 300 Years of Ocean Governance Under the United Nation Convention on the law of the Sea, 1982 (pp. 49-85). Leiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789004226890

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/528

Book Title


  • Ocean Yearbook 26: Celebrating 300 Years of Ocean Governance Under the United Nation Convention on the law of the Sea, 1982

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 85

Place Of Publication


  • Leiden, The Netherlands