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.
A human needs approach to understanding the complex link between coastal services and human wellbeing – Tomas Chaigneau et al.(1.8 MB)
Elasticity in Ecosystem services: Analysing variable relationships between ecosystems and human wellbeing – Tim Daw et al.(1.9 MB)
Tim Daw’s presentation on ecosystem service elasticity at WIOMSA. Daw concludes that the relationship between ecosystems and wellbeing is complex and not necessarily positive, and that understanding ecosystem elasticity can inform conservation and poverty alleviation efforts. Ecosystem service elasticity is affected by ecological and social mechanisms, is different for different people, and is different under different contexts.
- The ecological relationship between stock and flow presents challenges and tradeoffs
- Fisheries provide different benefits for multidimensional wellbeing
- Income is important and tied with other benefits but not the only value
- The value of each benefit, who can access it and it meets people’s needs and aspirations affected by social and ecological context, and governance.
- Recovering stocks, increasing landings, value-addition, all individually worthwhile, can’t realise the best contribution of fisheries to the poor