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“Draw the sea…”: Children’s representations of ocean connectivity in Fiji and New Caledonia

Fache, Elodie and Piovano, Susanna and Soderberg, Alisi and Tuiono, Malakai and Riera, Léa and David, Gilbert and Kowasch, Matthias and Pauwels, Simonne and Breckwoldt, Annette and Carrière, Stéphanie M. and Sabinot, Catherine (2022) “Draw the sea…”: Children’s representations of ocean connectivity in Fiji and New Caledonia. Ambio, 51 . pp. 2445-2458. ISSN 0044-7447

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In the South Pacific region, marine territories and resources play a crucial role for local communities. Children engage with these territories and resources from an early age onwards. As the next ocean stewards, they are a stakeholder group whose understandings of ocean connectivity and fisheries should be given serious consideration in decision-making processes towards the sustainable use and management of coastal seas. This paper analyses 290 children’s drawings from Fiji and New Caledonia, created in 2019 in spontaneous response to the instruction: “Draw the sea and what you and others do in the sea”. Exploring the webs of connections with and within the sea revealed by these children’s drawings and their own interpretations leads us to discuss children’s representations of the sea: (1) beyond a land-sea compartmentation, (2) as a locus of both exploitation and conservation of marine life, and (3) as a ‘place-full’ space connecting human and more-than-human realms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS)
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2022 03:19
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024 02:40

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