Waters connecting, Waters Dividing: Fresh and Salt Water Natural Resource Management in Times of Climate Change; Cases from SEA
In social-ecological system research, these units are often organized along ecosystems. This means that land and sea (as well as the coast as their interfaces) are often regarded as separate units. The same applies for fresh water systems and seascapes even though they eventually merge into unity and are exposed to similar physical as well as governance challenges.
In this session we seek to foster conservation across the dividing lines separating rivers, lakes and delta systems from seas and oceans. Exploring shared challenges and learnings, we dive into aquaculture systems in the Philippines, to rivers carrying stories from the land to the sea in Indonesia and about sea walls across SEA, trying to put up with the consequences of climate change in general and sea level rise in particular. Can research and practice benefit from connecting waters or are we better able to respond to current challenges, including climate change, if we keep up the lines dividing waters?