Improving the Approval Processes for Activities Affecting the Marine Environment: Lessons from the Relationship of Social License and Free, Prior, Informed Consent

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Project outline and objectives: Conflicts over activities in the marine environment are increasing.  As recent controversies like the “super trawler,” and marine aquaculture in Macquarie Harbour and Okehampton Bay suggest, marine activities involve impacts on common pool environmental resources. They often involve fundamental conflicts between private and public interest values.…

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Operationalising the precautionary principle in developing countries’ fisheries management: the case for differentiation

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Project outline and objectives Fishing contributes significantly to the livelihood of coastal communities in many developing countries, through subsistence, artisanal and commercial operations. Over-exploitation of fisheries resources is a major challenge in many of these countries, a consequence of economic imperatives and non-existent or inadequate regulation and enforcement of fishing…

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