Sustainable Seascapes: Integrated Approaches to Enhancing Marine and Coastal Governance in Niue
For Niue, a small island developing state in the Pacific, marine and coastal resources are vital in terms of traditional values, food security, income generation and community wellbeing.
The country’s unique environment, biodiversity and ecosystem services are under threat from natural and anthropogenic impacts. As part of the Niue’s government national biodiversity strategy and action plan, it aims to put resource management mechanisms into place by embracing traditional customary knowledge and using community decision making to protect its delicate ecosystems.
This project aligns with the Niue’s government’s goal of addressing the integrated nature of its innate environment through engagement and collaboration with end-users and policy makers.
It will use mapping techniques to support local communities and open dialogue with men, women, children and elders about how they utilise their marine environment and how this has changed over time. It will also help to identify key features, species and habitats and perceived vulnerabilities and values taking into account economic, cultural and ecological factors.
This research will also investigate a strategic framework and the policies necessary to help strengthen marine and coastal governance in Niue. It will also assist in the development of marine spatial planning and best practice seascape management of Niue’s precious natural resources.
This project brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds, including ocean security, environmental science, social science and law.
Brooke Campbell is an Early Career Associate Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. A project co-investigator, she brings experience in resource stakeholder engagement and resource use decision-making.
Dr Aurélie Delisle is an Early Career Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. A project co-investigator, she lends her expertise in the application of gender‐sensitive methodologies and participatory and co‐management approaches to resource use.
Dr Leah Gibbs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities (AUSCCER) in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Leah provides critical expertise in how cultural practices and valuation shape resource use politics and decision-making under conditions of environmental change.
Dr Sarah Hamylton is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. She brings to the project a wealth of applied technical and scientific knowledge on the mapping and spatial analysis of tropical coastlines.
Assoc Prof Quentin Hanich is an Associate Professor and Fisheries Governance Program leader at the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. He has an extensive background in marine policy and governance across the Pacific and takes on a support and advisory role in this project.