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 – the area comprising the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau – 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 4: Connecting area and species protection

Simon Marsden


Chapter 4 is concerned with biodiversity, specifically both area and species protection. It highlights the benefits of connecting area and species protection, via the ‘ecosystem approach’. Together with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Convention on Migratory Species treaties are also examined since both (together with the CBD) currently apply in the Third Pole. Additionally, the Antarctic Environmental Protocol and the European Nature Conservation Convention are analysed as specific precedents relevant to the Third Pole.

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