Equity in Oyster Restoration – Ocean Nexus program
The UN Decade of Nature Restoration and the UN Decade of Ocean Science highlight ‘knowledge co-production’, ‘inclusive governance’ and ‘gender equity’ as crucial for effective and just marine nature restoration, yet it is unclear how this translates into the actual practices and projects rehabilitating coastal and marine nature. This pilot research project focuses on oyster restoration practices in Western Europe and the Eastcoast of the US. Oyster restoration in these regions show a variety of approaches, and different kinds of collaborations between scientists, non-profit organizations, oyster farmers, volunteers and others. While such collaborations are generally promoted, it brings different perspectives to the table regarding how restoration should be done, and with what purpose. Through interviews and site visits, this project explores the different values, knowledge practices and nature perspectives that underlie oyster restoration initiatives, how these relate to each other, and how they - in their interaction - shape the way oyster restoration is done across the Atlantic. Understanding how different actors in oyster restoration and their perspectives relate to each-other, and the power differences involved, is vital to successful and equitable restoration programs, and provides a basis for inclusive marine restoration policy.
Focus: Oyster restoration practices, who and which knowledge is involved, how collaboration across different projects reveals different values and understandings of nature that inform different approaches and equity implications.
Project PI: Dr. Annet Pauwelussen
Researchers: Veerle Boekestijn, MSc, Wisse van Engelen, MSc, Dr. Annet Pauwelussen
Funding by Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program
(picture by V. Boekestijn )