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The living infinite: Envisioning futures for transformed human-nature relationships on the high seas
Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden; Keystone Ocean S.L., Spain .
SpeSeas, D’Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago; Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA.
European Polar Board, NWO, The Hague, the Netherlands.
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2023 (English)In: Marine Policy, ISSN 0308-597X, E-ISSN 1872-9460, Vol. 153, article id 105644Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We find ourselves at a critical crossroads for the future governance of the high seas, but the perceived remoteness of the global ocean creates a psychological barrier for people to engage with it. Given challenges of overexploitation, inequitable access and other sustainability and equity concerns, current ocean governance mechanisms are not fit-for-purpose. This decade offers opportunities for direct impact on ocean governance, however, triggering a global transformation on how we use and protect the half of our planet requires a concerted effort that is guided by shared values and principles across regions and sectors. The aim of the series of workshops outlined in this paper, was to undertake a futures thinking process that could use the Nature Futures Framework as a mechanism to bring more transformative energy into how humans conceptualise the high seas and therefore how we aim to govern the ocean. We found that engaging with the future through science fiction narratives allowed a more radical appreciation of what could be and infusing science with artistic elements can inspire audiences beyond academia. Thus, creative endeavours of co-production that promote and encourage imagination to address current challenges should be considered as important tools in the science-policy interface, also as a way to elicit empathetic responses. This workshop series was a first, and hopefully promising, step towards generating a more creative praxis in how we imagine and then act for a better future for the high seas.

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2023. Vol. 153, article id 105644
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-194058DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2023.105644ISI: 001011199000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85158863713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-194058DiVA, id: diva2:1758614
Available from: 2023-05-23 Created: 2023-05-23 Last updated: 2023-10-19Bibliographically approved

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