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Webinar: The Missing Layers: Integrating Sociocultural Values into Marine Spatial Planning

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Tuesday, 04 January 2022, 12:00

Tuesday, January 4, 2022. 12:00 PM. Webinar: The Missing Layers: Integrating Sociocultural Values into Marine Spatial Planning. Maria Grazia Pennino, Instituto Español de Oceanografía. Sponsored by NOAA's National Ocean Service. More information here. Register here. (Requires Adobe Connect)

Abstract: Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a relatively new approach to ocean management and has been widely implemented worldwide. Ideally, MSP should be established as a public process that analyzes and distributes human activities across space and time to achieve ecological, economic and social goals, which historically have been accomplished exclusively in the political arena. However, in most cases MSP seems to be driven primarily by economic interests rather than by sociocultural goals. During the seminar, I'll discuss how integrating the missing sociocultural layers into MSP can help to reduce governance rigidity, promote adaptability in decision-making, support environmental justice, and improve MSP acceptance and uptake. In particular, we focus on identifying possible points of connection between MSP and frameworks based on social-ecological system theory, including co-management and other democratic and empowering alternatives. Bridging the gap between the dominant economic rhetoric and a de facto sociocultural-ecological system approach, we are likely to improve the chances of the MSP process succeeding on both the human and nature fronts.

Bio(s): Maria Grazia Pennino is a marine biologist, with a master's degree in Biostatistic and a PhD in Mathematics & Statistics. She is currently a researcher at the Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia (IEO, CSIC), (Vigo, Spain). Her research focuses on understanding patterns and processes that characterize marine ecosystems, particularly related with marine resources and ecosystem services, to have a direct application on conservation and management measures. She studies the spatio-temporal dynamics of marine resources related to human activities (such as fishing, climate change and invasive species) and how these translate into changes in ecosystem functioning. She develops and applies a variety of statistical tools to analyse historical data, fisheries statistics, experimental results and field data sets.

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