Governing Marine Protected Areas: Resilience Through Diversity (Abingdon: Earthscan/Routledge) 2014, isbn 978-1-84407-663-5, hardbound, £52.99/US$89.95, pp. xv + 240 incl. index It is widely recognized that urgent action is necessary in order to protect the world’s oceans and marine protected areas are increasingly identified as a key tool in achieving that aim. The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea requires that states take measures to “protect and preserve rare and fragile ecosystems as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other forms of marine life” (Article 194(5)). Furthermore, the contracting parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity ( cbd ) have agreed a target of ensuring that at least “10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures” by 2020 (Aichi Target 11). Indeed, states have already made significant progress through the cbd in identifying ecologically and biologically significant areas, which might be considered for protection. It is how one manages those areas that is the principal focus of this
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