The role of taboos in conserving coastal resources in Madagascar

Cinner, Joshua E. (2007) The role of taboos in conserving coastal resources in Madagascar. Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, 22. pp. 15-23.

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This paper examines the role of taboos in limiting the exploitation of marine and coastal resources in Madagascar. I surveyed 13 communities within and adjacent to all five of Madagascar’s national marine parks. The presence of food and/or species taboos and gear restrictions is widespread, with sacred areas in three national marine parks. However, only one sacred area restricted fishing. Although customary management in the Pacific is often implemented adaptively to manipulate resources, in Madagascar, taboos are highly inflexible and some communities have resisted attempts to amalgamate them with contemporary conservation methods.

Item ID: 2823
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1025-7497
Keywords: taboo; customary resource management; coral reefs; Madagascar
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Reproduced with permission from Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The original document is available on SPC Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries Programmes Digital Library at:

Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009 00:08
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 70%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 15%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 15%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961303 Protected Conservation Areas in Marine Environments @ 100%
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