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Public engagement and collaboration for carbon dioxide removal: lessons from a project in the Dominican Republic

Hilser, Harry, Hiraldo, Lia, Moreau, Cheyenne, Draiby, Andrea, Cox, Emily ORCID:, Andrews, M. Grace, Winks, Lewis and Walworth, Nathan G. 2024. Public engagement and collaboration for carbon dioxide removal: lessons from a project in the Dominican Republic. Frontiers in Climate 6 , 1290999. 10.3389/fclim.2024.1290999

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Despite an increase in literature on public perceptions of carbon dioxide removal (CDR), there remains a paucity of evidence describing the social and developmental processes involved in the implementation of projects in-situ. This research illustrates a case study documenting a planned research project for coastal enhanced weathering - a form of ocean alkalinity enhancement - in a remote, rural area of the Northwestern Dominican Republic, a Small Island Developing State particularly at risk from climate change impacts. This paper is a collaboration between the company responsible for the project (Vesta) and researchers located in the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom, We draw upon two years’ worth of surveys, interviews, focus groups, group information sessions, and reflexive documentation by the Dominican Republic researchers, to present a first-hand account of local community responses to the planned research project and to coastal enhanced weathering and climate change more broadly. We discuss themes of climate vulnerability, justice, and adaptive capacity through the lens of the collaborative governance and social diffusion principles that the project was designed with. We also reflect on a program of outreach and participatory activities which was established to support community development in the areas surrounding the field trial site, as informed by exploration of community needs drawn from the research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 2624-9553
Funders: EPSRC, NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 February 2024
Date of Acceptance: 20 February 2024
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024 15:43

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