Change in Roviana Lagoon Coral Reef Ethnobiology

Aswani, Shankar and Albert, Simon (2015). Change in Roviana Lagoon Coral Reef Ethnobiology. In Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs (pp. 157-175) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-23763-3_10

Author Aswani, Shankar
Albert, Simon
Title of chapter Change in Roviana Lagoon Coral Reef Ethnobiology
Title of book Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23763-3_10
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Series Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs
ISBN 9783319237626
ISSN 2365-7553
Chapter number 10
Start page 157
End page 175
Total pages 19
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Coral reefs are iconic for their beauty and biodiversity, and are of great socioeconomic and cultural importance for many coastal communities across the tropics. However, little is known about people’s local classification and their social and ecological relationship with these habitats. This chapter describes Roviana people’s changing ecological and social relationship with their coral reefs, which are increasingly being damaged by humans. First, we combined ecological and social data to describe people’s classification of local coral reefs in tandem with the productive practices conducted in these habitats. Second, we examined local perceptions and recognized effects of environmental and climatic changes on reefs over the last two decades. Finally, we measured changes in fishing activities and in the taxonomic systems (between 1995 and 2011) to evaluate if recent social and economic change has led to the erosion of marine indigenous ecological knowledge and associated practices. Studying people’s changing perceptions of their coral reefs is crucial to understand their ability to identify and adapt to environmental transformations. Simply, the way local people perceive the state of the environment is not only important in terms of changes in local epistemology but also has important implications for how resources are used and managed, and this information can be coupled with scientific one for a broader management strategy.
Keyword Western Solomon-Islands
Biodiversity Conservation
Ecological Knowledge
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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