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Saving the Rainforests of the Sea: An Analysis of International Efforts to Conserve Coral Reefs

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Mulhall, Marjorie
Journal: Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum
Volume: 19
Page(s): 321-351
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5345
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Wildlife
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Subject(s): coral reefs
conservation
marine resources
oceans
ecosystems
Abstract: "This note outlines the principal threats faced by coral reefs, analyzes several main approaches the international community is employing to conserve reef ecosystems, and ultimately calls for a new international treaty wholly devoted to protecting these unique living structures. Part II describes the significance and benefits of reef ecosystems, as well as the basic biology of coral reefs. Part III focuses on the numerous threats imperiling coral reefs, including challenges associated with climate change and ocean acidification. Part IV discusses three current international approaches to reef conservation. Part V calls for the creation of a new international treaty devoted exclusively to coral reef protection, and recommends provisions this treaty must include to help fill the gaps in existing international approaches."

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