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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which provides a response to Glowka’s ‘intriguing question’ and some associated issues. It considers the sustainable management of deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems and not all ecosystems in the deep sea that are also subject to bioprospecting. The book relates primarily to the sustainable management of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, many of the issues raised and the conclusions reached arguably are applicable to other components of the deep-sea ecosystem(s). The book also contains some discussion of this subsidiary issue, consideration of mechanisms to establish high sea Marine Protected Area (MPAs). It also examines the existing status of hydrothermal vents and their associated biological communities under international law.

Keywords: bioprospecting; deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems; Glowka; international law; Marine Protected Area (MPA); sustainable management



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