How DO coastal ecosystems support human wellbeing? New SPACES publication on the many mechanisms
A new paper based on SPACES research reports the diverse ways people reported that ecosystem services support different aspects of wellbeing.
The paper discusses these using the capability approach and theory of human needs. The the diverse mechanisms to contribute to wellbeing can be categorised as money, use or experience. Considering all of these mechanisms can inform the development of interventions that aim to protect or improve flows of benefits to people.
See Kate Brown’s reflections on the paper on her blog:
Chaigneau T, Brown K, Coulthard S, Daw TM, Szaboova L. 2019. Money, use and experience: Identifying the mechanisms through which ecosystem services contribute to wellbeing in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. Ecosystem Services 38:100957.
Link to the paper (open access): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100957
SPACES publication: Men and women use, experience and value coastal ecosystem services differently
In this latest publication, Matt Fortnam and coauthors from the SPACES team compiled evidence from across the SPACES datasets to illustrate how people’s engagement with ecosystem services are fundamentally gendered…
See this Stockholm Resilience Centre news item for a summary of the paper:
and in the blog below Kate Brown discusses the paper in the context of the emerging literature on the structures that determine who can benefit from ecosystem services, and how:
Participatory Modelling of Wellbeing Tradeoffs in Coastal Kenya (P-Mowtick)
P-Mowtick developed a novel approach to explore and understand tradeoffs in wellbeing with regards to a fisheries system on the Kenyan coast. The social and ecological dynamics of this system creates complex tradeoffs for different stakeholders and between different management objectives of food production, conservation and economic profitability as described in the 7 minute video below.
Guide to the participatory tools and processes developed by P-MOWTICK(2.4 MB)
Participatory Modelling of Wellbeing Trade-Offs in Coastal Kenya (P-mowtick) was funded by UK
Research Council ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) in 2011 and 2012 to develop a
framework and tools for explicitly identifying trade-offs between the wellbeing of different stakeholders
resulting from changes in ecosystem services. The framework combined wellbeing research with primary
stakeholders, marine ecosystem modelling, social-ecological systems modelling, scenarios, and
participatory processes to understand, document, and explore trade-offs between Ecosystem Service
benefits to the wellbeing of different user groups under different governance arrangements. More
information on the project can be found at http://www.espa.ac.uk/projects/ne-i00324x-1.
This report documents the participatory tools used and communicates reflections on these methods for
the use of other researchers or practitioners who may want to draw from the experiences of this project.
Each section describes the activities undertaken. This document is based on the team’s own observations,
reflections, the notes of independent observers and interviews with participants.
New paper from SPACES team members reveals ‘taboo tradeoffs’ that challenge the management of ecosystem services, and lays the ground for SPACES research
SPACES team members have published a new paper (Open Access – free to read) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA that explores the connections between a small Kenyan fishery and the wellbeing of five different stakeholder groups and the tradeoffs which result.
Caroline explains the scenarios (photo by Diego Galafassi)
Research team member Caroline Abunge at a meeting with a mixed group of fishers and traders introduces one of four future scenarios. These scenarios demonstrated tradeoffs by exploring […]