The human dimensions of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean

Cinner, Joshua E., and David, Gilbert (2011) The human dimensions of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean. Coastal Management, 39 (4). pp. 351-357.

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As conservation theory and practice moves away from excluding resource users to creating partnerships with them, it is becoming increasingly clear that marine conservation is as much about understanding people as it is about understanding ecological processes. Social, economic, and cultural factors can influence whether and how individuals and communities overexploit resources or cooperate to conserve them. Many marine conservation projects may fail because they do not adequately understand, address, and incorporate the socioeconomic needs and concerns of stakeholders. These issues are especially pertinent in the Western Indian Ocean; a region where poverty and the geopolitics of biodiversity conservation acutely intersect.

Item ID: 18001
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1521-0421
Keywords: Africa, conservation, development, fisheries, human-environment interactions, marine protected areas, social-ecological systems, socioeconomic
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2011 06:52
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 20%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 100%
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