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Perceptions of Barachois Ponds in Nova Scotia

Mobilizing values: using perceptions of barachois ponds in Nova Scotia to advance informed management” has been published as an open-access research article in FACETS Journal, written by former COINAtlantic Project Officer, Lydia Ross, in collaboration with Lucia Fanning.

Meaningful engagement is increasingly used as a management tool for understanding the multitude of complex values and potential conflicts around marine conservation and the production of conservation strategies deemed acceptable by local communities. Barachois ponds, akin to coastal lagoons, are recognized coastal wetlands in Nova Scotia, Canada, given their distinct ecosystem services, including provisioning, regulating, and cultural services.

This study examines the current discourses around the management of barachois ponds and how an increased understanding of these perceptions held by stakeholders and managers might be used to better inform integrated management of these wetland ecosystems.

This study found that an increased awareness of the ecological, social, and cultural values attributed to barachois ponds by key stakeholders could play a critical role in better informing wetland management decision-making in Nova Scotia and elsewhere.