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Negotiating Ocean Conflicts among RIvals for Sustainable and Equitable Solutions


Principal Investigators: Ingrid Van Putten, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
Partners: Shankar Aswani, Rhodes University, South Africa
Wiebren Johannes Boonstra, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Marion Glaser, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany
Adina Paytan, University of California Santa Cruz, United States
Sponsors: Oceans and Atmosphere, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
National Research Foundation, South Africa
Swedish Research Council for Env, Agric Sci & Spatial Planning, Sweden
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: Negotiating Ocean Conflicts among RIvals for Sustainable and Equitable Solutions
Full Call Title: Oceans2018


Project Objective: Oceans provide resources and ecosystem services to multiple marine sectors and stakeholders1. The goal of ocean management is to accomplish fair and sustainable resources use. This means simultaneously achieving economic development (blue growth), environmental sustainability, social equity and inclusion across space and time2, in a context of growing demands3,4. Addressing these goals and making trade-off decisions is not trivial and can lead to conflict. Regions where pressures increase at a faster-than-average-rate (so-called ocean change hotspots) are particularly susceptible. Outbreaks of conflict come in many forms: between many stakeholders or few; persistent or new; and over diverse resources and services. Making trade-offs explicit and differentiating between marine conflict types is crucial5,6 to mitigate and resolve conflict. Management should result in enduring and legitimate outcomes, especially in ocean change hotspots7.

With this project, we propose a mixed method approach and cross-case study comparison to assess the origin, drivers, and mitigation strategies of ocean conflicts. Each of six case studies will represents a hot spot where a different combination of social and ecological pressures, together with trade-off decisions, trigger ocean conflicts. A core set of methods is developed and applied ensuring comparability across locations to facilitate global learning. The origin of conflicts will be reproduced, and socio-ecological interactions qualified and quantified through participatory methods10. Local artists visualisations will collaboratively produce culturally meaningful narratives that will explicate trade-offs and their negotiability8,9 and allow ocean conflict pathways11 to be mapped from origin to possible resolution.

The project is balanced in terms of academic disciplines, gender and seniority, and includes an explicit trans-disciplinary component that seeks to engage user groups, artists, managers, and scientists together towards a common goal. Our approach seeks to promote just transitions to achieve sustainable ocean management.
Call Objective: This CRA call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) as the overall framework. This call encourages global partnerships of academics and non-academics to address one or more of the following topics: 1) Pathways toward a sustainable and equitable use of oceans, 2) accounting for and minimizing impacts of global change.


Countries: Australia, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, United States of America (USA)


Duration: 39
Call Date: 29 October 2018
Project Award Date: 12 February 2020