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Changing Seascapes: Community Visions and Values for Marine Protected Area Management 
Christian Reichel (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space)
Arne Harms (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
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Advocacy and Activism
Wednesday 16 September, 13:00-14:30

Short Abstract:

This panel helps to answer the question, how institutions and knowledge sharing among various stakeholders can help to promote an inclusive and sustainable transformation of protected area management in coastal areas in the global south.

Long Abstract

Especially in the global south, the effects of climate change and anthropogenic drivers, including overfishing, plastic contamination, large-scale aquaculture, mining and deforestation are degrading coastal ecosystems and their services. In this interdisciplinary panel we will discuss strategies to promote an inclusive conservation based on knowledge co-creation, by considering multiple visions and values regarding human-nature relationships, which define perceptions of changing seascapes and tradeoffs in the use of ecosystem services. Our aim is to explore I) whether natural resource exploitation and the effects of global climate change lead to or aggravate poverty-driven social-ecological traps or conflicts or migration movements; II) Analyse structures of learning and (barriers to) knowledge sharing and collaborative action among stakeholders across social groups and administrative units (from local to national levels). III) Discuss how participatory and multimedia mapping can be used as multi-narrative platform for visually representing how people perceive their natural environment based on culturally distinct ideas, concepts and norms. Furthermore, how multimedia maps can be an effective participative communication platform, e.g. to facilitate communication between different actors in protected area management and foster knowledge co-creation processes. IV) Analyse the chances and challenges to develop a social-ecological system approach that considers and integrates social diversity and different socio-cultural perceptions and conceptions of nature.

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