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Clarion Congress & Hotel, Polaris


Bente Sundsvold

Topic: Coastal knowledge transformations in the making


The coastal zone and marine resources are becoming increasingly important for national economic development (Hersoug and Johnsen 2012, Jentoft 2017).  Aquaculture is one of the promising businesses for ‘Blue Growth’, and aquaculture is the core issue of the municipal and inter-municipal coastal zone planning processes along the coast in contemporary Norway. This has contributed to highlight and enhance conflicting values of concerns in many municipalities and communities.  Based on research from two inter-municipal coastal zone planning processes, I will discuss the possibilities for connecting diverse knowledge systems through a muliple evidence base approach (Tengö 2014) in such processes and their potentials for mitigating conflicts.


Hersoug, B. and J. P. r. Johnsen (2012). Kampen om plass på kysten. Interesser og utviklingstrekk i kystsoneplanleggingen., Universitetsforlaget.

Jentoft, S. (2017). “Small-scale fisheries within maritime spatial planning: knowledge integration and power.” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 19(3): 266-278.

Tengö, M. B., Eduardo S., Elmquist, Thomas, Malmer, Pernilla, Spierenburg, Marja (2014). “Connecting Diverse Knowledge Systems for Enhanced Ecosystem Governance: The Multiple Evidence Base Approach.” Ambio 43: 578-591.

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