Marine spatial planning in the high seas

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2008
Date published: 09/2008
Authors: Jeff Ardron, Kristina Gjerde, Sian Pullen, Virginie Tilot
Journal title: Marine Policy
Volume: 32
Issue: 5
Pages: 832 - 839
ISSN: 0308597X

Although high seas resources are being exploited, reciprocal legal obligations to protect its environment have not been met. Marine spatial planning (MSP) is clearly a practical way forward, particularly for the high seas, where non-spatial monitoring is difficult, and where data gaps obstruct conventional management approaches. To ensure the effective application of MSP in the high seas, however, some institutional reforms are necessary. This paper outlines the main hurdles, summarizes existing high seas spatial protections, presents an example of a high seas marine protected area that resulted through MSP, identifies three institutional priorities, and suggests three immediate steps.

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