An ecosystems perspective for food security in the Caribbean: Seagrass meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands

An ecosystems perspective for food security in the Caribbean: Seagrass meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Primary Country: Thailand
Ecosystem: seagrass
Sample Value Estimates:
(a) $60 million as value Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) spent on imported food in 2012 (b) $4.2 to $4.4 million as increase in value of imported fish from 2011 to 2012
Region: Americas and Europe

Publication information

Baker, S. Paddock, J.Smith, A.M.Unsworth, R.K.F.Cullen-Unsworth, L.C.Hertler, H. “An ecosystems perspective for food security in the Caribbean: Seagrass meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands” Ecosystem Services 11: 12-21, 2015

Addtional Notes

The link between provisioning services (fish) and seagrass meadows was highlighted in the paper. The research revealed that "there is no simple, linear relationship between conservation of supporting services, maintenance of provisioning services and social wellbeing, in this case understood as food security."  

"...in a society fractured on the basis of cultural identity and entitlement politics, attention should be paid to obtaining support from economic stakeholders. When social cohesion is lacking, there is a strong role for promoting ecosystem services as cultural value."  

 


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