publication . Doctoral thesis . 2006

Humans and Seagrasses in East Africa : A social-ecological systems approach

de la Torre-Castro, Maricela;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Publisher: Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för systemekologi
  • Country: Sweden
The present study is one of the first attempts to analyze the societal importance of seagrasses (marine flowering plants) from a Natural Resource Management perspective, using a social-ecological systems (SES) approach. The interdisciplinary study takes place in East Africa (Western Indian Ocean, WIO) and includes in-depth studies in Chwaka Bay, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Natural and social sciences methods were used. The results are presented in six articles, showing that seagrass ecosystems are rich in seagrass species (13) and form an important part of the SES within the tropical seascape of the WIO. Seagrasses provide livelihoods opportunities and basic animal prot...
free text keywords: seagrasses, social-ecological systems, institutions, seaweed farming, artisanal fisheries, common-pool resources, natural resource management, Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, Western Indian Ocean
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