Applying mental models to understand the implementation of wetland wise use: A case study of the interpretation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework in Indonesia

Hadi, Suseno, Peterson, Ann Ellen and Smith, Tim (2008). Applying mental models to understand the implementation of wetland wise use: A case study of the interpretation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework in Indonesia. In: Phil Connors, Jo Dillon, Max Kelly and Sue Kenny, Community development and ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development : selected papers from a conference held in Melbourne, 26-28 March 2008. Community development and ecology: Engaging ecological sustainability through community development, Melbourne, Australia, (). 26- 28 March 2008.


Author Hadi, Suseno
Peterson, Ann Ellen
Smith, Tim
Title of paper Applying mental models to understand the implementation of wetland wise use: A case study of the interpretation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework in Indonesia
Conference name Community development and ecology: Engaging ecological sustainability through community development
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 26- 28 March 2008
Proceedings title Community development and ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development : selected papers from a conference held in Melbourne, 26-28 March 2008
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Centre for Citizenship Development and Human Rights, Deakin University
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781741561197
Editor Phil Connors
Jo Dillon
Max Kelly
Sue Kenny
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Principles for the wise use of wetlands have been internationally endorsed through the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) framework to balance the needs of people (eg. maintaining sustainable livelihoods) with wetland sustainability. However, many factors may constrain the implementation of wise use strategies, such as varying interpretations of what constitutes wetlands, lack of policy coordination, lack of capacity within communities of place, and poor communication between decision makers and local communities. A mental models approach is one tool that may help to facilitate the practicality of the MA’s framework on wetland wise use in the Pemalang Coastal area, Central Java, Indonesia. Through this approach, people’s conceptualization of complex systems can be identified and be addressed to overcome barriers and improve opportunities for the effective implementation of wise use. This paper describes an approach to identify mental models in decision makers and local communities to facilitate the practicality of the MA’s framework for wise use of wetlands in the study area. The method involves eliciting information regarding worldviews, belief systems and values of wetlands using structured and open ended interviews and questionnaires. The barriers and opportunities to implementing wise use principles also have broader implications for maintaining sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities in Indonesia.
Subjects 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Keyword Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA)
Indonesia
Wetlands
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

 
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