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Marine scientific research in Pacific Small Island Developing States
Salpin, C.; Onwuasoanya, V.; Bourrel, M.; Swaddling, A. (2016). Marine scientific research in Pacific Small Island Developing States. Mar. Policy In press.
In: Marine Policy. Pergamon: Guildford. ISSN 0308-597X, more
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Author keywords
    Marine scientific research; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; Transfer of technology; Pacific region; Sustainable Development Goals; Blue Economy

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  • Salpin, C., more
  • Onwuasoanya, V.
  • Bourrel, M.
  • Swaddling, A.

    Promoting the study of the marine environment is one of the objectives of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS or the Convention), which constitutes the first comprehensive multilateral agreement covering all ocean spaces and embodying the concept of sustainable development by addressing all dimensions of ocean uses, including environmental, economic and social. At the core of the provisions of UNCLOS related to marine scientific research (MSR) lie the promotion of such research, international cooperation and the creation of favourable conditions for the conduct of MSR, as well as the publication and dissemination of information and knowledge resulting from such research.For Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), the ability to undertake and benefit from MSR and access appropriate technology represents a unique opportunity to contribute significantly to their sustainable development aspirations. However, many challenges remain for PSIDS to fully benefit from MSR and the opportunities associated with the development of a ‘Blue Economy’. This article reviews the challenges and opportunities for PSIDS arising from MSR, including with regard to the implementation of the relevant provisions of UNCLOS.

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