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FOL hosts a special session on blue injustices at the International Degrowth-European Society for Ecological Economics Conference

FOL team members presented four communications in Pontevedra, including an artistic session called Blue Fear

25/06/2024 -

Future Oceans Lab participated in the 10th International Degrowth Conference and the 15th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, held from June 18 to June 21, 2024, in Pontevedra, Spain. The event brought together leading researchers and practitioners to discuss sustainable development, ecological economics, and degrowth pathways.

FOL organized a session titled “(In)justices in Small-scale Fishers’ Livelihoods Facing Climate Change,” chaired by Andreu BlancoXochitl Elías and Elena Ojea, where different presenters highlighted how economic, social, and political factors further marginalize small-scale fishers in Portugal, the Balearic Islands, Mexico, and Spain. FOL members Xochitl Elías and Juan Bueno Pardo showcased their research in this session. Xochitl Elías presented insights on how management systems significantly impact fishing communities’ organization, creating power imbalances that undermine the resilience of these systems to climate change. Juan Bueno Pardo discussed the main social and economic drivers of climate vulnerability in fishing communities along the Galician coast.

In another session, “Blue Economies and Degrowth/Postgrowth,” FOL member Haritz Ayarza presented a sustainability index for the sea urchin fishery in Galicia. This index, developed through a participatory process, helped reveal existing conflicts and inequities within the sector.

Additionally, Ph.D. student Xochitl Elías made an artistic contribution through a contemporary art piece based on her research in Mexico and Japan. This artwork expressed the emotions of fishers dealing with the uncertainty brought by climate change, capturing their grief over disappearing resources, desperation and powerlessness in the face of environmental changes, and fear about the future of their livelihoods.



The conferences sserved as a valuable platform for sharing the latest scientific findings, fostering debate on sustainable management of marine resources, and promoting strategies for ecological and economic resilience.


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CATEGORIES: Elena Ojea, Haritz Ayarza, Research, Xochitl Édua Elías Ilosvay