Identifying “Culturally Significant Areas” in the sea and including them in MSP discussions.

Webinar on social and cultural aspects in Marine Spatial Planning

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On March the 3rd, WIOGEN (West Indian Ocean Governance Exchange Network), in collaboration with Kira Gee of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, will be delivering a webinar on including the social and cultural aspects in Marine Spatial Planning. Kira Gee is one of the team members for the project CoastWise – a MeerWissen initiative

Social and cultural values are increasingly understood as important in marine management – in various contexts and for various reasons. Despite this, marine spatial planning (MSP) has predominantly focused on economic and ecological values so far, although critics have called for greater consideration of social aspects, especially issues related to inclusion and social justice. In recent years, research has highlighted the many benefits marine and coastal cultural values have to societies, communities and individuals. An approach aiming to provide further visibility to these values is the idea of identifying “Culturally Significant Areas” (CSA) in the sea. This approach is modelled on the EBSA principle and aims to allow such areas to included in MSP discussions on a par with other important areas.

The aim of this workshop is to highlight the importance of socio-cultural values in MSP together with the difficulties in eliciting and working with these types of values. The workshop will consist of both a short theoretical part, as well as an interactive part discussing the applicability of the concepts discussed.

Please visit www.wiogen.org for information about the project and www.meerwissen.org for an overview of the BMZ-funded MeerWissen initiative by GIZ. Registration will close on March 1st.