Social, institutional, and knowledge mechanisms mediate diverse ecosystem service benefits from coral reefs

Social, institutional, and knowledge mechanisms mediate diverse ecosystem service benefits from coral reefs

Primary Country: Multiple
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
(a) Social and institutional mechanisms were associated with all entitlements containing fishery benefits: Access through authority was associated with fishery benefits in Madagascar, access through social relations in Kenya, and access through social identity in Kenya, Tanzania, and Seychelles. (b) A specific access mechanism may enable people to benefit from a certain ES in one context but may constrain the ability of people to benefit in a different context. For example, communities that reported greater levels of ecological knowledge were more likely to prioritize habitat benefits in Kenya and less likely to prioritize habitat benefits in Madagascar.
Methodology: qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine the ES benefits people perceive from a coral reef ecosystem and the access mechanisms that enable them to benefit
Region: Africa

Publication information

Hicks, C.C. J.E. Cinner “Social, institutional, and knowledge mechanisms mediate diverse ecosystem service benefits from coral reefs” PNAS 111 50: 17791-17796, 2014

Addtional Notes

 

(a) the bundles of benefits people perceive from a supply of ES can be understood from the access mechanisms people have available to them (b) social and institutional as well as knowledge access mechanisms are related to a wider range of ES bundles than rights-based or economic mechanisms (c) there exists significant differences across context that cannot be overlooked in determining how people perceive ES benefits. The regional analysis identified broad country-specific access mechanisms and bundles, however, care should be taken to nest locally appropriate policies within this context

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