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Improving The Effectiveness Of Environmental Regimes: Consilience, Science, And Common Sense

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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention), Part XII, is a constitution for environmental protection of not only the seas, but the planets global ecosystem as, ecologically, the marine environment is inherently interconnected, directly or indirectly, with all terrestrial and freshwater habitats. The ecological interconnections between land and sea have resulted in overlapping legal domains for Law of the Sea (LOS) and International Environmental Law (IEL) as many instruments incorporate principles from each. Two concepts, consilience and a grand experiment mindset, may prove useful for improving the ecological effectiveness of environmental regimes. Scientific knowledge is at the core of environmental issues as the objective of environmental regimes is ecological sustainability. Without a sound scientific foundation, policies and actions are often ecologically ineffective and economically inefficient.

Keywords: consilience; ecological effectiveness; environmental regimes; International Environmental Law (IEL); Law of the Sea (LOS); scientific knowledge



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