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Record number 535699
Title Science, uncertainty and changing storylines in nature restoration : The case of seagrass restoration in the Dutch Wadden Sea
Author(s) Floor, Judith R.; Koppen, C.S.A. van; Tatenhove, J.P.M. van
Source Ocean & Coastal Management 157 (2018). - ISSN 0964-5691 - p. 227 - 236.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.02.016
Department(s) Environmental Policy
WIMEK
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Action-research dilemma - Nature restoration - Seagrass - Storylines - Uncertainties - Wadden sea
Abstract Marine areas have been heavily affected by human activities, resulting in current attempts to both conserve and restore nature. In decisions about nature restoration, ecological knowledge plays a crucial role and is closely linked to nature preferences and political views. In this study, the empirical case of seagrass (Zostera marina) restoration in the Dutch Wadden Sea (1989–2017) is analysed. The impact of storylines and uncertainty perceptions, together with socio-political context factors, on decisions concerning restoration action and research are investigated. This case illustrates the difficulties of establishing seagrass fields and the dynamic process in which meaning is attributed to nature restoration. Two basic storylines – authenticity and the ecological function of ecosystem engineers – supported the restoration efforts. Three different episodes are distinguished based on different views of research in restoration efforts. The dominant perception of uncertainty was incomplete knowledge, and this perception resulted in research projects. Furthermore, the unpredictability of the success of restoration efforts and the ambiguity regarding the feasibility of restoration also influenced decisions. Two concepts – ecosystem engineer and pilot project – facilitated collaboration among science-based experts, NGOs and governmental organisations.
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