Marine Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation

The Application and Future Development of the IMO’s Particularly Sensitive Sea Area Concept

  • Julian Roberts

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Introduction

Despite the potential benefits that PSSA designation can deliver, recent practice both within the IMO and by individual member States, has considerably undermined confidence in this emerging concept. The focus of this book is on the events within the IMO that have led to this lack of confidence arising. In doing so, this book presents an examination of coastal State practice with the PSSA concept.

In undertaking this analysis, the research provides evidence of the value of the PSSA concept, but also demonstrates its limitations. In this regard, the book presents a ‘reality check’ which seeks to rationalise some of the heightened expectations with the concept that are apparent in the current debate. The research argues that States may seek to designate PSSAs more for their ‘iconic status’ than for any demonstrable environmental benefits that may be realised.

Keywords

IMO Marine Environment Protection Marine pollution Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) UNCLOS biodiversity environment

Authors and affiliations

  • Julian Roberts
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Maritime PolicyUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-37699-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-37697-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-37699-6
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