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DEEP fund projects highlight Indigenous connections to the ocean presented to local community and decision-makers in Vanuatu

Lisa McDonald and Stuart Jeffrey

One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde, UK

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  • Art,
  • Deep Emotional Engagement Programme (DEEP),
  • The Pacific Islands,
  • Art Exhibition,
  • customary norms,
  • culture
Target Group
  • Artists
  • English
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The blog post featured here highlights the activities of the Deep Emotional Engagement Programme (DEEP) Fund, including the launch of the Undercurrents Art Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland.

This art exhibition addressed pressing threats to the waters of the Pacific region, including ocean acidification, proposed deep-sea mining, and coastal development. Tu Helen Naupa emphasised the importance of local customs in inclusive ocean governance, highlighting traditional knowledge as a foundation for sustaining societies across generations. The exhibition garnered the attention of influential stakeholders, including government officials, policymakers, and community leaders. Dignitaries such as the UK High Commissioner and the Minister of Climate Change in Vanuatu attended the launch. The event facilitated collaboration among diverse deep-fund projects and provided an opportunity for reflection on three years of collaborative work. Additionally, a conference paper presented by Hub researcher, Dr. Lisa McDonald, and Tu Helen Naupa at an academic symposium convened by the National University of Vanuatu on the 27th July 2023, explored marine management, creative economies, and cultural preservation in Melanesian contexts, sparking further international discussion among knowledge holders, researchers, and practitioners.