Non-sectarian scenario experiments in socio-ecological knowledge building for multi-use marine environments: Insights from New Zealand's Marine Futures project

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/622321
Title:
Non-sectarian scenario experiments in socio-ecological knowledge building for multi-use marine environments: Insights from New Zealand's Marine Futures project
Authors:
Le Heron, Richard; Lewis, Nick; Fisher, Karen; Thrush, Simon; Lundquist, Carolyn; Hewitt, Judi; Ellis, Joanne ( 0000-0002-2625-4274 )
Abstract:
The challenges of managing marine ecosystems for multiple users, while well recognised, has not led to clear strategies, principles or practice. The paper uses novel workshop based thought-experiments to address these concerns. These took the form of trans-disciplinary Non-Sectarian Scenario Experiments (NSSE), involving participants who agreed to put aside their disciplinary interests and commercial and institutional obligations. The NSSE form of co-production of knowledge is a distinctive addition to the participatory and scenario literatures in marine resource management (MRM). Set in the context of resource use conflicts in New Zealand, the workshops assembled diverse participants in the marine economy to co-develop and co-explore the making of socio-ecological knowledge and identify capability required for a new generation of multi-use oriented resource management. The thought-experiments assumed that non-sectarian navigation of scenarios will resource a step-change in marine management by facilitating new connections, relationships, and understandings of potential marine futures. Two questions guided workshop interactions: what science needs spring from pursuing imaginable possibilities and directions in a field of scenarios, and what kinds of institutions would aid the generation of science knowledge, and it application to policy and management solutions. The effectiveness of the thought- experiments helped identify ways of dealing with core problems in multi-use marine management, such as the urgent need to cope with ecological and socio-economic surprise, and define and address cumulative impacts. Discussion focuses on how the workshops offered fresh perspectives and insights into a number of challenges. These challenges include building relations of trust and collective organisation, showing the importance of values-means-ends pathways, developing facilitative legislation to enable initiatives, and the utility of the NSSEs in informing new governance and management directions in multi-use marine environments.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Le Heron R, Lewis N, Fisher K, Thrush S, Lundquist C, et al. (2016) Non-sectarian scenario experiments in socio-ecological knowledge building for multi-use marine environments: Insights from New Zealand’s Marine Futures project. Marine Policy 67: 10–21. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.022.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Marine Policy
Issue Date:
29-Jan-2016
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.022
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0308-597X
Sponsors:
Ministry of Business, Environment and Employment[CO1×1227]
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

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dc.contributor.authorLe Heron, Richarden
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Nicken
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Karenen
dc.contributor.authorThrush, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorLundquist, Carolynen
dc.contributor.authorHewitt, Judien
dc.contributor.authorEllis, Joanneen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-02T09:08:25Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-02T09:08:25Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-29en
dc.identifier.citationLe Heron R, Lewis N, Fisher K, Thrush S, Lundquist C, et al. (2016) Non-sectarian scenario experiments in socio-ecological knowledge building for multi-use marine environments: Insights from New Zealand’s Marine Futures project. Marine Policy 67: 10–21. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.022.en
dc.identifier.issn0308-597Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.022en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/622321-
dc.description.abstractThe challenges of managing marine ecosystems for multiple users, while well recognised, has not led to clear strategies, principles or practice. The paper uses novel workshop based thought-experiments to address these concerns. These took the form of trans-disciplinary Non-Sectarian Scenario Experiments (NSSE), involving participants who agreed to put aside their disciplinary interests and commercial and institutional obligations. The NSSE form of co-production of knowledge is a distinctive addition to the participatory and scenario literatures in marine resource management (MRM). Set in the context of resource use conflicts in New Zealand, the workshops assembled diverse participants in the marine economy to co-develop and co-explore the making of socio-ecological knowledge and identify capability required for a new generation of multi-use oriented resource management. The thought-experiments assumed that non-sectarian navigation of scenarios will resource a step-change in marine management by facilitating new connections, relationships, and understandings of potential marine futures. Two questions guided workshop interactions: what science needs spring from pursuing imaginable possibilities and directions in a field of scenarios, and what kinds of institutions would aid the generation of science knowledge, and it application to policy and management solutions. The effectiveness of the thought- experiments helped identify ways of dealing with core problems in multi-use marine management, such as the urgent need to cope with ecological and socio-economic surprise, and define and address cumulative impacts. Discussion focuses on how the workshops offered fresh perspectives and insights into a number of challenges. These challenges include building relations of trust and collective organisation, showing the importance of values-means-ends pathways, developing facilitative legislation to enable initiatives, and the utility of the NSSEs in informing new governance and management directions in multi-use marine environments.en
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of Business, Environment and Employment[CO1×1227]en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.subjectCumulative effectsen
dc.subjectMarine resource managementen
dc.subjectMulti-use marine environmentsen
dc.subjectNon-sectarian scenario experimentsen
dc.subjectSocio-ecological knowledgeen
dc.subjectTrusten
dc.titleNon-sectarian scenario experiments in socio-ecological knowledge building for multi-use marine environments: Insights from New Zealand's Marine Futures projecten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalMarine Policyen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Environment, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealanden
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealanden
dc.contributor.institutionNational Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd, Private Bag 11-115, Hamilton, New Zealanden
kaust.authorEllis, Joanneen
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