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Intangible cultural ocean heritage and participatory research methods, South Africa

One Ocean Hub

University of Strathclyde, UK

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  • Ocean Governance,
  • artisanal fisheries,
  • Heritage,
  • culture
Target Group
  • Policy makers,
  • Community workers,
  • Entrepreneurs,
  • Researchers,
  • Students
  • English
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This panel explores the importance of intangible cultural heritage in ocean life and livelihoods

Without an increased understanding of the underlying intangible cultural heritage that sustains and supports human connection to the ocean, ocean management and conservation will remain limited in their approaches and holders of intangible cultural heritage will continue to be marginalised from management decisions. The dynamic and ever-changing nature of intangible cultural heritage systems often functions as a barrier to trying to engage with it in management strategies and fisheries policies. This panel speaks to how current research in Tsitsikamma and Algoa Bay, South Africa is trying to overcome this challenge by using participatory and arts-based participatory research methods in their work to best bridge the gap between intangible cultural heritage, livelihoods and ocean governance processes.


1. Professor Rose Boswell, Nelson Mandela University
2. Dr Jessica Thornton and Dr Ryan Pillay, Nelson Mandela University
3. Fishing cooperative representative Algoa Bay
4. Dr Nina Rivers and Mia Strand, Nelson Mandela University