People and the sea: a festschrift dedicated to the career of Richard Pollnac

Cinner, Joshua, and Pomeroy, Robert S. (2012) People and the sea: a festschrift dedicated to the career of Richard Pollnac. Coastal Management, 40 (3). pp. 235-238.

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It is increasingly recognized that effectively managing marine and coastal ecosystems is as much about understanding people as it is about understanding ecological processes (Mascia et al. 2003). Indeed, people are a critical part of local ecology (Cinner and David, 2011). Social, economic, and cultural factors, such as people's dependence on resources and their local sociocultural institutions, can influence whether individuals and communities over exploit resources or cooperate to conserve them (Ostrom 1990; Pomeroy, Cinner and Raakjaer Nielsen 2011). Many marine conservation projects do not achieve their objectives because they fail to adequately understand, address, and incorporate the socioeconomic needs and concerns of stakeholders. For example, restrictions of gear, effort, or fishing area will not be willingly or adequately complied with by a group of stakeholders who do not believe that the condition of natural resources has any connection to human resource use. Likewise, conservation strategies will also not be complied with when they are designed in ways that conflict with traditional beliefs and practices, disproportionably disenfranchise particular segments of the community, and are insensitive to the needs of those dependent on the resource (McClanahan et al 2006).

Item ID: 22271
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0892-0753
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 09:30
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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