Using nexus thinking to empower community-based management of mangrove fisheries
Completed projectProject start: January 2017 | Project end: September 2019
Principal Investigator: Dr Caroline Hattam
The livelihoods of inshore fishermen are threatened by the loss of fisheries productivity largely due to mangrove destruction in Malaysia. This situation is contributed to mainly by a lack of awareness of both the value of mangrove and mangrove-based fishery resources and local knowledge for managing these resources. Furthermore, trust and continual engagement between government, community and other resources users is needed for promoting mangrove-based fisheries management.
This project is a collaboration with the University of Malaya and will apply nexus thinking, a new way of thinking that recognises the interdependencies between uses of the environment, to understand the interdependencies, tensions and trade-off between the mangroves, their fisheries and users.
The specific objectives of the project include:
- Advance the application of nexus thinking to the sustainable management of fishery resources
- Set the foundation for community-based fishery management in the mangrove ecosystem
- Develop a programme of environmental education, emphasising the importance of mangroves.