Comanagement of coral reef social-ecological systems

Cinner, Joshua E. and McClanahan, Tim R. and MacNeil, M. Aaron and Graham, Nicholas A. J. and Daw, Tim M. and Mukminin, Ahmad and Feary, David A. and Rabearisoa, Ando L. and Wamukota, Andrew and Jiddawi, Narriman and Campbell, Stuart J. and Baird, Andrew H. and Januchowski-Hartley, Fraser A. and Hamed, Salum and Lahari, Rachael and Morove, Tau and Kuange, John (2012) Comanagement of coral reef social-ecological systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (14). pp. 5219-5222. ISSN 0027-8424

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In an effort to deliver better outcomes for people and the ecosystems they depend on, many governments and civil society groups are engaging natural resource users in collaborative management arrangements (frequently called comanagement). However, there are few empirical studies demonstrating the social and institutional conditions conducive to successful comanagement outcomes, especially in small-scale fisheries. Here, we evaluate 42 comanagement arrangements across five countries and show that: (i) comanagement is largely successful at meeting social and ecological goals; (ii) comanagement tends to benefit wealthier resource users; (iii) resource overexploitation is most strongly influenced by market access and users' dependence on resources; and (iv) institutional characteristics strongly influence livelihood and compliance outcomes, yet have little effect on ecological conditions.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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