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Developing arts-based participatory research for more inclusive knowledge co-production in Algoa Bay

“This paper outlines the development of an arts-based participatory research (ABPR) methodology in the context of marine spatial planning (MSP) in Algoa Bay, South Africa. Exploring participatory research approaches where Indigenous and local knowledge holders are engaged co-researchers, this research investigates how contextualised photovoice and digital storytelling can offer a creative platform for alternative knowledge systems to […]

Salted Identities: Biocultural Heritage for a Rehumanized Ocean Management in South Africa

Salted Identities: Biocultural Heritage for a Rehumanized Ocean Management in South Africa. Anthropology and Humanism, Vol. 0, Issue 0, pp 1–18 “In this article, I discuss coastal and oceanic biocultural heritage and its relevance to a transformed perception of the ocean and coast in South Africa. An anthropology of biocultural heritage at the coast reveals […]

the deep sea and me

“In this perspective, I reflect on my path to the deep sea, a field, and ecosystem that are often hard to access. Growing up in a coastal town, the seashore was my playground, but it was not until I was 18 years old that I was inspired to be a deep-sea scientist. From a Bachelor of […]

learning pathway on: ocean plastics

Ocean plastics has quickly become the most visible and widely known ocean health issue. It has climbed policy agendas nationally and internationally. It has brought needed attention to the wider problem of “land-based marine pollution” – pollution of the ocean from waste that is generated on land, although ocean plastics are also partly caused by […]

policy brief: Mutual learning through capacity building on marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

“The latest draft negotiating text for a new international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) includes notable improvements on “inclusive, equitable and effective participation” and “country- driven, transparent, effective, and iterative process” in relation to capacity building and technology transfer (CBTT). This policy brief provides the views of […]

policy brief: Advancing participation in the conservation & sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)

“Participation of civil society in the negotiations on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) remains limited and below the standards adopted under other multilateral environmental negotiations (Morgera et al., 2022), both in terms of participation and access to information. This policy brief underscores that public participation in the future implementation of the BBNJ […]

policy brief: the need for strategic environmental assessments and regional environmental assessment in abnj for ecologically meaningful management

“The latest draft negotiating text for a new international instrument on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) includes a provision on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) that should be further strengthened to ensure that the BBNJ Agreement contributes to 1) advancing ocean science, 2) ensuring strategic decisions on cumulative impacts to the benefit […]

policy brief: Transformative partnerships for co-developing sustainable blue economies

This policy brief highlights the challenges we have identified in developing blue economies, and shares novel partnership approaches to co-develop sustainable and inclusive blue economies.

Achieving global biodiversity goals by 2050 requires urgent and integrated actions

“…Governments are negotiating actions intended to halt biodiversity loss and put it on a path to recovery by 2050. Here, we show that bending the curve for biodiversity is possible, but only if actions are implemented urgently and in an integrated manner. Connecting these actions to biodiversity outcomes and tracking progress remain a challenge….”