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Rochette J.,Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations IDDRI | Unger S.,Institute for Advanced Studies in Sustainability IASS | Herr D.,International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN | Johnson D.,Seascape Consultants Ltd. | And 6 more authors.
Marine Policy | Year: 2014

The development of regional initiatives for the protection of the environment is a cornerstone of international environmental policies. With regard to marine and coastal issues, this regionalisation has mainly been taking place through regional seas programmes and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. Some regional initiatives and organisations have progressively extended their activities to areas beyond national jurisdiction. This paper aims at analysing these recent developments, highlighting their interests and challenges, and proposing options to strengthen the efficiency of regional actions in these areas. It also highlights the need to consider the global discussions on a possible new global agreement and the development of regional actions as two interconnected processes. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

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