Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transboundary agreement: Case studies of marine mammal management in the bering strait
by Aho, Kelsey B., M.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2016, 165; 10245619
Abstract (Summary)

The effectiveness of a state's natural resource management is rendered meaningless if the particular resource migrates into another state's jurisdiction. In the case of marine mammals, inadequate management of the species anywhere along their annual migration could make food insecure for the regional human populations. My research evaluates to what extent International Environmental Agreements have been able to manage transboundary challenges to food security. Two case studies, the Polar Bear Agreement (2000) and the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (1946), are analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively using Ronald Mitchell's four factors for describing variation of International Environmental Agreements' effectiveness: incentives, capacities, information, and norms. To ensure food security in the Bering Strait, this thesis stresses the importance of local concerns, norms and stakeholders. Transboundary management includes stakeholders at various scales to address a local challenge that is intersected by an international political boundary. The higher values of the Bowhead whale International Environmental Agreement's four factors, in the quantitative analysis, account for the higher level of food security for Bowhead whale. The qualitative analysis makes three recommendations for future International Environmental Agreements, in this case the draft U.S.-Russia agreement on Pacific walrus: 1) conservation of the Pacific walrus, 2) maintenance of Native self-determination and, 3) encouragement the flow of information between the local and federal stakeholders and between the United States and Russia. In order to ensure future food security in the Bering Strait Region, the management of the Pacific walrus depends on an effective International Environmental Agreement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lovecraft, Amy L.
Commitee: Boyland, Brandon, Robards, Martin
School: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department: Northern Studies
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Natural Resource Management, International Relations, Systems science
Keywords: Arctic, Bering strait, Food security, Marine mammals, Pacific walrus, Transboundary management
Publication Number: 10245619
ISBN: 978-1-369-43736-2
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