Understanding collaborative marine governance with increasing management complexities, pressures, and change

 Summary: Collaborative and networked approaches to governance are increasingly recognised as an effective mechanism for enhancing the sustainable management of marine goods and services. For example, by improving stakeholder participation they facilitate learning, complex adaptive thinking and knowledge exchange among network members. However, despite increased interest in collaborative approaches to…

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Participation and political representation: A critique of stakeholder engagement in coastal governance


Project outline and objectives: Community or public participation has become a central tenet in the practice and theory of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). In practice, however, participation is proving complex and is not necessarily living up to the promises of the ICZM literature.  In coastal governance, researchers and policy…

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Social license of marine systems: Improving community knowledge and engagement in local marine industries using citizen science


Project outline and objectives: Our oceans are threatened by climate change, over-fishing and a growing list of other impacts. As a result, there is an urgent need for sustainable ocean management. Whilst marine conservation initiatives have increased over recent years, ocean management is slow to involve communities in its development. We use the term…

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