OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH IN SUPPORT OF MARINE PROTECTION LEGISLATION IN THE EXTENSIVE EEZ OF AN ISLAND MEMBER-STATE OF THE EU
The declaration of an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by an island state may greatly extend the area over which the state claims jurisdiction by several time-fold. While the resulting potential of marine resource exploitation can be lucrative, it is commonly accompanied by the extension of comprehensive marine environmental protection legislation to the EEZ. I use the case of the Republic of Cyprus, a European Union (EU) island member-state, to demonstrate the challenges of enforcing major marine protection legislation over a large EEZ at a time of fiscal uncertainty, and how oceanographic research findings can enhance and enrich what may originally seem to be large voids in knowledge. I examine the requirements for marine status assessment and compliance monitoring stemming from major national, EU, and international laws and conventions, and how national and international research efforts address these requirements. I focus on research activities in the EEZ and how these may provide baselines for many status indices, a temporal and spatial grid for interannual monitoring, and specialized knowledge, in view of major offshore activities such as hydrocarbon reserve exploration and exploitation.
Hannides, A. K., University of Hawaii, USA, email@example.com
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall
Presentation is given by student: No