The 186th RIHN seminar

Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2022, 10:00-11:30
Place: Online (Zoom)
Organized: RIHN
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Please contact to International Affairs Subsection ( kokusai☆ (Please change ☆ to @.)) to register.
Title: "Co-creating Strategies for Adaptive Governance Framework in Coral Reef and Surrounding Island Systems"
Speakers: FERRERA, Charissa Marcaida (Visiting Research Fellow/ Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute)
Abstract : The concept of adaptive governance has evolved through the years to cater to different social, cultural, historical, and ecological settings, and understand how ecosystem-based management can adapt to rapid changes in the environment and thus help achieve resilient and sustainable socio-ecological systems. This short research fellowship aims to contribute to and learn from the strategies of the “Adaptive Governance of Multiple Resources based on Land-Sea Linkages of the Water Cycle: Application to Coral Reef Island Systems” (LINKAGE) Project. Discussions with key members and other ongoing and finished projects at RIHN were made to assess similarities among study sites not only in geographical settings but also prevailing issues (e.g., groundwater pollution, phosphorus pollution in coastal areas, among others), look for synergies and complementarities, and identify tools that could best integrate scientific and traditional knowledge, policy, and participatory decision-making. Overall, there was a positive response to the use of the socio-environmental health report card – an assessment and communication tool with predefined goals and objectives – to integrate results and bridge different components of the Project’s adaptive governance framework. This is due to the variety and flexibility in the indicators (water quality and quantity, landscapes and ecology, management and governance, health and nutrition, social and cultural, and economy) that can be included in the report card, and its systematic way of identifying these indicators and transforming complex data sets into scores and grades that can be easily communicated to key stakeholders and the general public. In addition to this and taking into account site-specific socio-ecological characteristics, the importance of boundary objects, well-being, social networks, and perception of communities not only of the ongoing issues and underlying justice perspectives but also of their acceptable timeline for experiencing the positive impact of behavioral change vis-à-vis projected timeline from modelling results should be considered as well.
Contact: International Affairs Subsection ( kokusai☆ (Please change ☆ to @.) )