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Helping to ensure infrastructure designs support inclusion, social justice, and equity

Ocean and coastal environmental degradation and change, unsafe and unsustainable resource development, and coastal community restructuring can exacerbate exclusion from ecosystem benefits, social injustice, and inequities. These problems often result in disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged groups such as people from lower socioeconomic standards, women, youth, immigrants, injured workers, people with disabilities, and resource-dependent coastal communities, with few economic development alternatives. By directly engaging multiple, critical understandings of inclusion and its relationship to social justice and equity, Inclusion Work Packages are developing new knowledge that can improve conditions for equitably engaging and including diverse groups (different genders, old and young, immigrants) to support their capacity and resilience in contexts of ocean, coastal, and social-ecological change.

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