Bioregional Learning Journey Launches Seagrass Conservation in Gulf of Maine: A Case Study of Governance Response to Ecosystem Change
Keywords:Seagrass, Bioregional Learning Journey, Community Science, Governance Response to Ecosystem Change
In response to the polycrisis, a case study of governance response to ecosystem change by civil society is presented with a focus on seagrass meadow conservation and restoration as a globally important nature-based solution to the climate emergency. A week-long bioregional learning journey was launched in August 2022 as the culmination of a two-year community-engagement process to examine governance response to one of the most rapidly warming systems on earth, the Gulf of Maine. While government and market forces have played essential roles in this bioregion (Casco Bay Watershed, Gulf of Maine), civil society has played an outsized role since the 1970s. It has the potential to contribute significantly to navigation in the decades ahead through mapping multi-scale and multi-phase responses to dramatic ecosystem change. Results illustrate the paramount importance of integrating indigenous wisdom and western science, confronting issues of colonization, collective ‘seeing’ of complex systems through transformative experiences such as bioregional learning journeys, and strong support for the launch of Team Zostera in Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine, USA. Casco Bay contains some of the largest expanses of seagrass habitat in the western North Atlantic. It allows civil society to enable governance response to ecosystem change further.
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