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35 U. Haw. L. Rev. 735 (2013)
Restoration and Large Marine Ecosystems: Strengthening Governance for An Emerging International Regime Based on Ecoscape Management

handle is hein.journals/uhawlr35 and id is 749 raw text is: Restoration and Large Marine Ecosystems:
Strengthening Governance for an Emerging
International Regime Based on Ecoscape
Anastasia Telesetsky'
Ecologists have long recognized that arbitrary political boundaries do not
reflect ecological boundaries. In response, they have proposed the adoption
of ecoregional thinking. Over time, this ecoregional thinking has influenced
policymakers to designate large marine ecosystems (LMEs) to be managed
as one ecological unit across political boundaries. These ecological units
include both land and sea systems. The Global Environmental Facility has
invested in a number of LMEs to promote restoration activities to reverse
environmental degradation. This paper reviews a sample of existing LME
projects and explores what restoration efforts are taking place at an LME
level and what shared governance institutions exist to support these
restoration efforts. This paper concludes that while there are shared visions
for restoration projects within the LMEs, there has been insufficient
institutional effort to effectively integrate both human and ecological
considerations in marine restoration efforts. The concept of ecoscape
thinking, place-based public and private management of large landscapes and
seascapes, provides a useful tool for strengthening LME-specific institutions
as leaders in long-term coastal and marine governance. This paper proposes
three ecoscape interventions to improve LME governance for the future:
1) re-inventing LMEs as socio-ecological decision makers, 2) ensuring that
government investments within an LAE for marine and coastal restoration
will survive long-term climate change impacts, and 3) creating LME-wide
enforcement teams.
I.   INTRODUCTION.         ..............................................736
II.  LARGE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS AND GOVERNANCE ............................738
A. Benguela Current LME.       .........................     ........740
Associate Professor, University of Idaho, Natural Resources and Environmental Law
Program. This article was inspired by Jon Van Dyke's passionate pursuit of ocean
protection and his encouragement to think about big issues. I will be forever grateful for
Jon's mentorship and friendship.

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