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New FNI Book Examines Contemporary Challenges of Ocean Management

Davor Vidas (ed): Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation  IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution, Bioprospecting, Outer Continental Shelf(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 impact.

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 fishing.
   Combating illegal oil spills from ships.
   Marine genetic resources and bioprospecting.
   The continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines.

'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.

Davor Vidas'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 continues.

'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,' Vidas concludes.

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 topics.

Citation:
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.
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Further information:
   Book presentation at Brill's website
   See Table of Contents
   Flyer and order form
   Read more about FNI's research on Marine Affairs and the Law of the Sea
   Contact person: Davor Vidas

See also:
   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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