Program and Agenda

Abstract

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.

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Author

Hannides, A. K., University of Hawaii, USA, hannides@hawaii.edu

Details

Poster presentation

Session #:070
Date: 2/24/2014
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall

Presentation is given by student: No

PosterID: 1569