Navigating marine social-ecological systems
Our aim is to identify and/or improve our understanding of institutional, social and cultural factors that need to be incorporated into ecosystem-based management for it to be successfully used to manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine resources.
Project leader: Karen Fisher, University of Auckland
Duration: April 2016 – June 2019
Our research is using social science to examine key issues in the marine environment. We are engaging with Māori, industry representatives, resource managers, decision makers, environmental organisations and communities.
We are considering how knowledge about cumulative effects – environmental effects resulting from multiple activities over time – can improve decision-making for the marine environment. In 2016, we hosted a workshop with 40 scientists and senior policymakers from across New Zealand. It supported cross-institutional and cross-cultural dialogue to address issues raised by cumulative effects.
We are using sci-art and creative works to engage New Zealanders about EBM and the risks to the marine environment from human activities. We held sci-art workshops with 1600 students at 16 schools in Nelson and Marlborough. The resulting combined artwork created by the students, The Unseen, was exhibited at Albion Square, Nelson. We have also produced short films and other creative outputs to engage with the public.
Another focus of our research, is to understand how trust among researchers can enhance the quality of knowledge needed for EBM. We are using focus groups and interviews to consider how trust is developed and maintained between Challenge researchers and experts who have diverse interests and experiences. We are also exploring the Challenge’s capacity to build trust with Māori and stakeholders.
- Davies, K., Fisher, K., Foley, M., Greenaway, A., Le Heron, R, Mikaere, H., Ratana, K., Spiers, R., & Lundquist, C. From the mountains to the seas: developing a shared vision for addressing cumulative effects in Aotearoa New Zealand. Regions Magazine, 308(4): 15-18.
- Davies, K, Fisher, K, Foley, M, Greenaway, A, Hewitt, J, Le Heron, R, Mikaere, H, Ratana, K, Spiers, R and Lundquist, C. Navigating collaborative networks and cumulative effects for Sustainable Seas. Environmental Science & Policy 83:22-32
Latest news and updates
Kaikōura community members gathered on 10 April to hear from National Science Challenge researchers who have been working in the area since the 2016 quake.
Last week (4-8 March) the Sustainable Seas team were in Nelson on a LEARNZ virtual field trip. Sustainable Seas researchers talked to students from over 100 schools around New Zealand about ecosystem-based management, kaitiakitanga of the marine environment, ecosystem services and tracking plastics in our oceans.
We are pleased to welcome Joe Harawira and Ian Ruru to the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge Kāhui Māori.