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Aquatic worlds: integrating human-environment relations into the management of maritime and freshwater resources [Environmental Anthropology Network] 
Paula Schiefer (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science)
Robert Wishart (University of Aberdeen)
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Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The use of and management of marine and freshwater resources, including water as such, is a topic of concern of current political discussions. Anthropological research is needed to include the social and cultural dimensions of it and diversify our understanding of resource management challenges.

Long Abstract:

The use of marine and freshwater resources such as fishes, oil and gas, renewable energy, coral reefs, and submerged mineral exploitation including sand can be highly disputed and appears as a central object on various levels of government. States, corporations, communities, or non-governmental organizations, to name just a few, have different understandings on how these resources should be managed. Social implications of resource use are not always considered, ignoring the complexities of the relations between people(s) and environment(s), even if co-management or community-based natural-resource management approaches promise solutions.

This session focuses on the—oftentimes conflicting—practices of marine and freshwater resources usage. What types of resources are assigned which kinds of properties and priorities; and for whom? We invite contributions that add anthropological perspectives to the management of maritime and freshwater resources, as well as the struggles for recognition of those uses. Papers can include examples on using, sharing, conserving, or cultivating them. We are interested in the management of water, fisheries, aquaculture, deep sea mining, or tourism and (non) renewable energies. The session does also invite papers interested in the geographies of maritime and freshwater spaces, such as access through boating or living on the water, as well as conflicts that arise through borders and the distribution of access. Contributions are welcome that discuss promises and problems of co-management and community-based natural-resources management.

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -