This paper, authored by PhD candidate Diego Galafassi in collaboration with SPACES team members drew on reflections from the SPACES multistakeholder workshops. It has recently been published in Ecology and Society.
Galafassi, D., T. M. Daw, M. Thyresson, S. Rosendo, T. Chaigneau, S. Bandeira, L. Munyi, I. Gabrielsson, and K. Brown. 2018. Stories in social-ecological knowledge cocreation. Ecology and Society 23(1):23.
Looking to the future – linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in Kenya. SPACES Workshop Report, Diani, Kenya 3-4th February 2015
A two-day stakeholder workshop “Looking to the future- Linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in coastal Kenya” was held on 03-04 February 2015 at the Leopard Beach hotel in Diani, Mombasa and attended by participants dealing with issues on poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management from government, community organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
The workshop aimed to engage stakeholders to collaboratively explore linkages between coastal ecosystems and poverty alleviation in the current social-ecological system and in likely suture scenarios. In addition, SPACES aims to critically evaluate participants’ learning outcomes from the workshop. For this purpose, interviews and questionnaires were conducted before and after the workshop, and participants’ monitored throughout the workshop.
During day 1, workshop participants worked in foru groups discussing their understanding of the current social-ecological system and representing this in the form of a system diagram, including components and interactions between them.
During day 2, participants identified drivers of change and based on these developed imaginative but yet plausible future ‘scenarios’ of what the coast might look like 2045.
The workshop was facilitated by the project partners from different institutions (Wildlife Conservation Society- Kenya, University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique and Stockholm Resilience Centre in Stockholm, Sweden).