The Ocean: Our Futureby Independent World Commission on the Oceans, Mario Soares
Pub. Date: 09/28/1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Ocean, Our Future is the official report of the Independent World Commission on the Oceans, chaired by Mário Soares, former President of Portugal. Its aim is to summarize the very real problems affecting the ocean and its future management, and to provide imaginative solutions to these various and interlocking problems. The oceans have traditionally been… See more details below
The Ocean, Our Future is the official report of the Independent World Commission on the Oceans, chaired by Mário Soares, former President of Portugal. Its aim is to summarize the very real problems affecting the ocean and its future management, and to provide imaginative solutions to these various and interlocking problems. The oceans have traditionally been taken for granted as a source of wealth, opportunity and abundance. Our growing understanding of the oceans has fundamentally changed this perception. We now know that in some areas, abundance is giving way to real scarcity, resulting in severe conflicts. Territorial disputes that threaten peace and security, disruptions to global climate, overfishing, habitat destruction, species extinction, indiscriminate trawling, pollution, the dumping of hazardous and toxic wastes, piracy, terrorism, illegal trafficking and the destruction of coastal communities are among the problems that today form an integral part of the unfolding drama of the oceans. Based on the deliberations, experience and input of more than 100 specialists from around the world, this timely volume provides a powerful overview of the state of our water world.
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Table of ContentsPreface Mário Soares; Summary: The commission; Future directions; Introduction: Shift in basic condition of the oceans; Obstacles to change; Signs of positive change; Part I. Promoting Peace and Security in the Oceans: 1. The origins of the debate; 2. 'Peaceful Uses': concept, issues and players; 3. Enhancing peace and security: the way ahead; Part II. The Quest for Equity in the Oceans: 4. The equity argument; 5. Equity reconsidered in the setting of the oceans; 6. Equity challenges in the oceans; 7. Normative foundations for equity in the oceans; 8. Realizing equity; Part III. Ocean Science and Technology: 9. The challenge of technological change; 10. The technological needs of science; 11. Assessing technology for resource use; 12. The need to know more - and share knowledge; 13. Bridging the gaps; Part IV. Valuing the Oceans: 14. The problem; 15. Sustainable use of coastal and marine resources; 16. Economic incentives in ocean management; 17. International ocean management agreements; 18. Future directions; Part V. Our Oceans: Public Awareneess and Participation: 19. Public awareness, information and knowledge; 20. Public participation; Part VI. Towards Effective Ocean Governance: 21. Positive developments; 22. Barriers to good ocean governance; 23. The unfinished agenda of ocean law; 24. Making international agreements work; 25. Speaking up for the oceans; Annexes; Index.
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