Type: Working Paper
The governance of the arctic environment : the EU and US contribution
Working Paper, EUI AEL, 2013/07, TRANSWORLD Project
VIGNI, Patrizia, The governance of the arctic environment : the EU and US contribution, EUI AEL, 2013/07, TRANSWORLD Project - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/27466
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The Arctic, as a unique area of our planet, has always attracted the interest of humanity. Despite its uniqueness, the Arctic is more difficult to preserve than other areas of our planet. The presence of ice makes this region particularly fragile and exposed to environmental degradation. The environmental threats that have recently increased their impact on the Arctic are: first, resource exploitation; second, shipping and tourist activities; and finally, climate change. Special protection seems to be required for the Arctic. The establishment of an effective international regime (like the Antarctic Treaty System) for the management of the Arctic should be a common aim of both the EU and US. However, regardless of the existence of a global regime for the Arctic, the EU and US may so far exercise their authority in an “environmentally responsible manner” in order to ensure the protection of the Arctic as a “common good” that must be managed in the interest of humankind.
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/27466
Series/Number: EUI AEL; 2013/07; TRANSWORLD Project
Keyword(s): Arctic Environment Climate change Common concern of humankind Antarctic Treaty system EU Arctic policy US Arctic policy
Grant number: FP7/290454
Sponsorship and Funder information:
The Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship and its Role in Shaping Global Governance (TRANSWORLD) project is funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 290454.