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One realm: thinking geoethically and guiding small-scale fisheries?
Bohle, M. (2019). One realm: thinking geoethically and guiding small-scale fisheries? European Journal of Development Research 31(2): 253-270. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1057/s41287-018-0146-3
In: European Journal of Development Research. PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD: Basingstoke. ISSN 0957-8811; e-ISSN 1743-9728, more
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    Marine
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    Small-scale fisheries; Socio-environmental system; Governance;Geoethics; Actor-centric approach; Anthropogenic global change

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  • Bohle, M.

Abstract
    This essay explores common features of the 'FAO Guidelines for small-scale fisheries' and 'geoethical thinking' (geoethics). These two approaches to governability stem from communities/environments that habitually do not interact. Small-scale fisheries are socio-environmental systems heavily pressured by anthropogenic global change. The FAO Guidelines for small-scale fisheries propose how to address this challenge. The concept of geoethics has emerged amongst geoscientists as a way of thinking to understand the societal implications of geo-science professions. When comparing these approaches, they both turn out to be actor-centric and aim to further a path/context-dependent development that respects interests of all actors mutually. Supposedly, such guidance to handle socio-environmental systems may also apply to other communities/environments. To that end, 'geoethical thinking' may offer a helpful 'meta-order'. In turn, geoscientists may like to enrich geoethics from experiences outside their community, e.g. from managing small-scale fisheries.

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