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…

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800918301836

See this Stockholm Resilience Centre news item for a summary of the paper:

https://stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2019-03-17-ecosystem-services-for-men-ecosystem-services-for-women.html

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:

http://katrinabrown.org/inequality-and-ecosystem-services-social-structures-and-processes-determining-who-benefits-from-ecosystems-and-how/

Abstract:

This article assesses the extent to which our conceptualisation, understanding and empirical analysis of ecosystem services are inherently gendered; in other words, how they might be biased and unbalanced in terms of their […]

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Participatory Modelling of Wellbeing Tradeoffs in Coastal Kenya (P-Mowtick)

About

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.

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Guide to the participatory tools and processes developed by P-MOWTICK(2.4 MB)

About

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.

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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 […]

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SPACES model training workshop, Diani, Kenya

The ESPA-SPACES team is holding a modeler training workshop at the Leopard Beach Hotel in Diani, Kenya from 20th to 25th April, 2015. The workshop brings together researchers and students from the Kenyan Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Wildlife Conservation Society Coral Reef Conservation Project, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden), the University of Exeter (UK), and the University of British Colombia (Canada). Romina Martin from the Stockholm Resilience Centre is leading the training.

The training aims to train both the SPACES team, and collaborators from institutions in Kenya and Mozambique on the potential and practical limits of modelling to investigate the systems in which they are doing research. This involves considering how to frame the question and purpose of the model and conceptualizing how the […]

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