Conference Proceeding

Future seas – Innovative planning tools for sustainable Blue Growth

Ms. Katherine Kennedy,
Our marine environment is changing;marine climate change has multiple impacts upon fisheries, contaminant fate, rising sea levels and many human activities. People are relying more and more upon the marine environment for livelihoods. The Blue Growth agenda is a potential game changer role for many nations and coastal communities. Is it really possible to maintain clean, healthy and functioning seas whilst also striving for largescale marine economic growth? Can this be achieved in the face of a changing climate with the potential for mass human migration and a likely increasing reliance upon marine common property resources? Marine science and technology has a fundamental role to play in assisting us to plan for the future of our seas. This presentation will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the Blue Growth agenda. It will provide some insight into methods and initial results on a 100 year Blue Futures project in the southern North Sea*, using novel spatial zoning techniques, scenarios and futures analysis. This work has been developed in dialogue with wide ranging groups of industry, public sector and NGO stakeholders and the project team has worked hard to transcend the arts / science interface in engagement process design. In presenting initial findings the presentation will explore the relevance and potential roll out of project methods more widely and pose questions about the collective responsibility of future marine industry, science and technology and whether weare able to achieve equity in formulating decisions regarding future ocean health and economic development?

Published: 28 July 2017


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