Protecting the Third Pole
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Protecting the Third Pole

Transplanting International Law

Simon Marsden

This highly topical book considers the important question of how best to protect the environment of the Third Pole โ€“ the area comprising the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau โ€“ using the tool of international law. Following detailed analysis of the weaknesses in the current legal protections according to comparative legal theory, Simon Marsden recommends three potential options for implementation by policy and lawmakers.
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Chapter 3: Developing global protected areas

Simon Marsden


Chapter 3 focuses upon protected areas. It analyses two multilateral environmental agreements that already apply in the Third Pole: the Wetlands Convention and World Heritage Convention. It analyses their transboundary application and effectiveness, and how they relate to other legal transplants. Examples of their protected area provisions applied in the Third Pole context are considered, together with examples of Third Pole inscribed properties, and analysis of the advantages and disadvantages for declaring such areas. The European Landscape Convention is evaluated as a potential precedent for the Third Pole, with consideration of its links with the World Heritage Convention.

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