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Record number 540666
Title Governing marine ecosystem restoration : the role of discourses and uncertainties
Author(s) Ounanian, Kristen; Carballo-Cárdenas, Eira; Tatenhove, Jan P.M. van; Delaney, Alyne; Papadopoulou, K.N.; Smith, Christopher J.
Source Marine Policy 96 (2018). - ISSN 0308-597X - p. 136 - 144.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.08.014
Department(s) Environmental Policy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Governance challenges - Human intervention - Motivations - Restoration approaches - Uncertainty
Abstract

Governing marine environments has evolved from dominant interests in exploitation, allocation, conservation, and protection to restoration. Compared to terrestrial and freshwater environments, restoration of and in marine ecosystems presents a new mode of intervention with both technical and governance challenges. This paper aims to enhance understanding of the important factors at play in governing marine ecosystem restoration. Discourses of marine ecosystem restoration are an important factor which shape how the restoration activity is governed, as discourses structure how actors and coalitions define problems and their approaches to solutions. The article produces a conceptual model of the discourses of marine ecosystem restoration, built on two dimensions: (1) the degree of human intervention and (2) motivations for restoration. Together, these dimensions create four broad restoration discourses: “Putting Nature First,” “Bringing Nature Back,” “Helping Nature support Humans,” and “Building with Nature.” Moreover, marine ecosystem restoration is confronted with different forms of uncertainty, such as incomplete knowledge, unpredictability, and ambiguity, which must be managed by actors participating in restoration initiatives. The article's overall contribution is the synthesis of these components, which illuminates the specific governance challenges under various circumstances.

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