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Environmental Regimes in Asian Subregions

China and the Third Pole

Simon Marsden

Informed by international law, international relations and environment management scholarship, this interdisciplinary analysis of environmental regimes in Asian subregions proposes a new regime for the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau based on China’s cooperation with its south Asian neighbors.
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Chapter 2: Southwest Asia: the Arabian Gulf/Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden regimes

China and the Third Pole

Simon Marsden

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Chapter 2 concerns southwest Asia. It analyses the Arabian Gulf / Gulf of Oman Convention, and the Red Sea / Gulf of Aden Convention, together with the numerous detailed protocols elaborated there-under. The objective of both is the conservation of the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, and Red Sea and Gulf of Aden environment respectively, including the prevention, abatement and combating of marine pollution. Each contains general and specific obligations, including the prevention of pollution from ships, dumping, and from land-based sources; from exploration and exploitation; and other human activities. Each furthermore contain obligations to conduct environmental impact assessment (EIA), and for liability and compensation. The provisions are compared and analysed with respect to the research questions outlined in Chapter 1 in an effort to evaluate their effectiveness. The role of China in connection with each regime is finally analysed and conclusions are drawn. Keywords: Gulfs - Arabian, Oman, Aden - Red Sea

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