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New FNI Book Examines Contemporary Challenges of Ocean
(23.04.2010) A recent, major book edited by
Davor Vidas examines the challenges facing the
World Ocean as it enters a new epoch: The Anthropocene, dominated by the human
In the book, thirty-four experts on marine affairs and the
Law of the Sea, from six continents, examine emerging challenges for our World
Ocean. The book systematically analyses developments in the interface of law,
technology and science in some central law-of-the-sea issue areas, with
contributions organized into five sections:
The World Ocean in the Anthropocene epoch.
Combating illegal, unreported and unregulated
Combating illegal oil spills from ships.
Marine genetic resources and bioprospecting.
The continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the
'The interface between law, science and technology is of key
importance, not only for this book, but also for further developing our
governance of the oceans. That has become a paramount issue in today's age of
globalisation when, as never before and at an unprecedented pace, our world has
become interconnected,' says FNI Senior Research Fellow
Davor Vidas, editor of the book.
'But there is another feature of our
times that has brought about something unprecedented in its extent and pace
human impacts on the workings of our planet, the Earth System,' he
'Some 71% of the Earth is currently covered by the seas and
oceans, and the importance of that cannot be overestimated. However, the
accumulating consequences of human activities on the seas, and on their complex
relationship with the ice and atmosphere, indicate that the Earth may have
already entered a new epoch, the Anthropocene, dominated by the human impact,'
Although not traditional conference proceedings, the
process of producing this comprehensive volume on contemporary ocean affairs
started at FNI's 3rd international marine affairs and Law of the Sea conference
'The World Ocean in Globalization:
Challenges for Marine Regions' in August 2008. Many of the chapters are
updated and refined versions of papers delivered at that conference,
supplemented by chapters on additional key
Davor Vidas (ed): Law, Technology
and Science for Oceans in Globalisation IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution,
Bioprospecting, Outer Continental Shelf. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff
Publishers, 2010, 642 p.
Book presentation at
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The book's Chapter
1: 'Responsibility for the Seas'
by Davor Vidas
Website of FNI's 2008
conference 'The World Ocean in
Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions'
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