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Year: 2020/2021
Project manager: Sigrid Engen
Project code: 528 152019

Securing small-scale fisheries (SFFs) is included in the UN Sustainable Developmental goals (SDGs) as a subgoal [1], however attaining this goal may prove challenging as SFFs are declining across the European Seas [2]. Climate-induced changes in the distribution and abundance of fish stocks, and the rise of new and conflicting industries through the development of the blue economy will add to these challenges. Inclusive governance has been shown to secure the adaptive capacity of SFF and provide positive social and ecological outcomes [3]. In Norway fishers have successfully been included in fisheries management [4,5], but the influence of their concerns in local governments’ planning and management with regards to the allocation of coastal space is less known. The first aim of InclusiveCoasts is to assess how local governments in coastal communities in Northern-Norway (NN) understand and work towards securing coastal SSFs under current and projected environmental and socioeconomic changes [6]. We also seek to identify the scope and practices of local participation in coastal zone planning (CZP) processes, with emphasis on SFFs. The project’s second aim is to identify how indicators for sustainable coastal development can be developed and communicated to have practical application for decision-making [7], to add to the work of BlueTrans where we co-create indicators for sustainable coastal development (including SSFs) together with local communities in NN. Our work will also be relevant for Fram Centre institutions and others seeking to inform coastal management, as well as local governments wanting to engage the public in decision-making.

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