The objective of stakeholder engagement relates to transdisciplinary science and the analysis of the repercussions of environmental changes for marine governance regimes in Peru. Using workshops, interviews and surveys conducted in the case study localities Piura and Pisco (Peru) and Galapagos (Ecuador), this work package will ensure transdisciplinary integration of knowledge from the other work packages and stakeholder involvement with regard to research questions, modelled ecological, social and economic drivers, and a strong focus on adaptation and governance options. During the first year (2019-2020) the team of WP7 will focus on the development of participatory future scenarios of the Peruvian upwelling system and depending social-ecological systems, and the analysis of coastal-marine governance, paying special attention to the Bays Independencia (Pisco) and Sechura (Piura). To this end, individual, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions will be held with fishers, seafarers, tourism operators and members of public and private entities. Throughout the second year (2020-2021), the team will carry out an investigation in Galapagos in relation to social-ecological networks. Galapagos is an important case study for the project because it allows us to understand in greater depth the relationships between the tourism and fishing sectors and their relationship with factors of change that trigger tipping points.

During the projects time, two doctoral theses and several master's thesis and parallel research lines will be carried out in order to explore other key aspects of the marine social-ecological system such as migration of marine resource users, the role of women in fisheries or the concept of value along the chain of production. In the last year of the project, the group is intending to use the scientific advances of the project, e.g. in relation to the tipping points of the socio-ecological system detected in the other working packages, to jointly explore mitigation and adaptation measures to their possible effects. Therefore, the synergy between scientific knowledge and local knowledge, as well as collaboration between the diversity of stakeholders and users is fundamental.

Bringing together society and science

The final symposium of the BMBF-funded project "Humboldt-Tipping" included a stakeholder day at the "Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia" in Lima, Peru, on 28 September 2022. A total of 65 representatives from the artisanal fisheries and their fisheries associations from the north and south of the country, industrial fisheries, non-governmental organisations, local politics, the ministries of the environment, fisheries and the economy, mariculture associations, schools and educational institutions as well as universities and the tourism sector participated.

Relevant scientific results were presented in a compact format. Posters on the different work packages were also shown and the five short films created during the project were presented.

The afternoon was equally dedicated to dialogue and exchange: by means of targeted workshops on 1) Adaptation strategies in a changing world: how models can help us improve management, 2) The future of industrial fisheries in Peru and 3) Governance of artisanal fisheries, there was a lively discussion with all the invited guests from different sectors on the research results, integration into practice and future use of the accumulated know-how of the last four years. Participants discussed new scientific insights on tipping points in the HUS, on-going challenges and possible future scenarios. The need for more possibilities to exchange in a setting similar to the HT-stakeholder day emerged as one conclusion for a possible way forward.

Despite the great diversity of different actors, and correspondingly different interests, all participants found the event very valuable and purposeful. This was a special characteristic of the event and we want to thank all participants to make this possible.

You find photos, all oral presentations and posters (in Spanish) from the event following this link:

You find the five short films on youtube here: