Small-scale nearshore fisheries provide an important source of protein and sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. Yet, for a number of reasons, small-scale fisheries pose particular challenges for marine conservation efforts. Past and current efforts at reforming fishery management have focused narrowly on the fishing sector and on fishing households. However, the livelihoods of fishing and non-fishing households in rural coastalcommunities are deeply intertwined, and households depend on a diversity of activities connected, directly or indirectly, with the marine environment.This talk will introduce a new policy evaluation tool that combines insights from development economics, natural resource economics, and ecology to capture the linkages in local economies in rural coastal areas of developing nations. We apply thetool to understand the impacts ofpoverty alleviation programs and blue economy sustainable development programs. Results underscore the importance of considering characteristics oflocal economies and household linkages to marine and land resources when designing poverty alleviation and conservation policies to avoid unintended consequences.
Speaker: Jim Sanchirico, UC Davis
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