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Subsistence Use and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems: a Study of Community-Based Conservation in Samoa
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the Pacific island of Samoa a majority of the population is living in the coastal area, many of whom have traditionally been depending on products and ecosystem services provided by the now severely degraded mangrove ecosystems. This study shows, through semi-structured interviews with local mangrove users, that the mangrove ecosystem is still vital for subsistence livelihood and protection in spite of a growing monetary economy and urbanisation. The results also show very high general knowledge of different ecosystem services but a lack of awareness of the threats imposed to mangroves. For the second objective of the study, on how conservation and preservation of ecological environments is upheld and governed in Samoa, interviews were carried out with key officials within different institutions and NGOs working with conservational issues. The results show that much of the general legislation and institutional framework for environmental protection are in place but that the challenges lie in their implementation as well as in awareness-raising with the general public.

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2009. , 37 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1123DiVA: diva2:450444
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Ecology Programme
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2011-10-20 Created: 2011-10-10 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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