The Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change will be a unique and comprehensive treatment of marine environmental governance in the Anthropocene. It will explore challenges for governing the marine environment that arise from global-scale (or nearly global-scale) environmental changes, such as climate change, widespread pollution and resource extraction. Chapters will survey the many key challenges arising from global environmental change for the actors and institutions involved in governing oceans and seas. The volume will be a single, relatively “handy” resource for researchers, students and others interested in marine governance in the age of global environmental change.
The book will be divided into eight sections. The first section describes the importance and challenges of governing the marine environment as global change accelerates. The second section takes an historical look at marine environmental change, describes the latest science on climate change and oceans, and highlights the major consequences of global change for governing seas, oceans and coasts. The third section describes the key state and non-state actors involved in, and impacted by, marine governance as global environmental change becomes more prominent. The fourth section explores the international negotiations, agreements and laws for marine governance amidst global environmental change. The fifth section examines the governance challenges that climate change presents for selected ecosystems. The sixth section highlights many of the most important recurring issues and themes in marine governance in the context of global environmental change. The seventh section features real-world case studies illustrating marine governance challenges of global environmental change in selected countries and ocean regions. The final section critically assesses the prospects for effective governance of the marine environment in the future.