This article describes how a new policy – Arctic shipping corridors – can provide an adaptable framework for advancing marine law and policy in the Canadian Arctic. As the polar ice pack recedes due to climate change, vessel traffic in the region is increasing. As an initial response, the Canadian federal government has proposed a system of voluntary marine transportation corridors. Shipping corridors are a pragmatic policy solution that could be used to advance a number of priority maritime issues including: responsible economic development, human and vessel safety, environmental protection, and Inuit rights. Effective designation and management of shipping corridors requires a more integrated approach than exists now to account for the complexity of the Arctic marine environment. This paper explores how corridor design can create a national arctic shipping policy that advances (1) marine safety, (2) Inuit land claims agreements, (3) environmental protection, and (4) international cooperation.
Louie Porta, Erin Abou-Abssi, Jackie Dawson & Olivia Mussells,
Shipping Corridors as a Framework for Advancing Marine Law and Policy in the Canadian Arctic,
Ocean & Coastal L.J.
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