28 August 2020 - Small island nations face an existential and developmental threat from ship-source pollution endangering their vulnerable marine ecosystems and ocean economies.
28 August 2020 - Small island nations face an existential and developmental threat from ship-source pollution endangering their vulnerable marine ecosystems and ocean economies. An effective international legal regime can help.
Often close to world shipping lanes, small island and coastal nations are at particular risk from oil spills.
Reliant on the marine environment and its biodiversity for tourism, fishing and aquaculture, islanders face an existential threat when oil spills happen in their waters.
This is why the environmental crisis unfolding in Mauritius is of grave concern.
It also brings into focus the international legal framework in place to provide support when ship-source environmental disasters strike, a new UNCTAD article says.
The seas and their use are governed by several international conventions. But some are not ratified by all countries that might benefit, and others are yet to enter into force.
This creates murky waters when oil spills happen, as not all parties have the same liability and compensation recourse, depending on which kinds of ships are responsible for the pollution and whether they have signed up to existing conventions.
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