The Potential Role of Regional Organizations Related to the Marine Environment in the Context of Global Climate Change

  • Edward Miles
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 14)


My hopes and concerns about the potential role of regional organizations in the context of global climate change are heavily shaped by the experiences to date in responding to other global environmental problems and in seeking to facilitate international collaboration in scientific research, in exploiting while protecting the global commons, and in R&D collaboration in advanced technology. All of these activities have important characteristics in common. Most significantly, they are all mixed motive “games” (i.e., combining conflict and cooperation) and, therefore, fall within the class of collective action or public goods problems where a well-developed theory already exists.


Regional Organization Coastal State Western Indian Ocean Regional Cooperation Exclusive Economic Zone 
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