Connecting Marine Ecosystem Services to Human Well-being: Insights from Participatory Well-being Assessment in Kenya

Abunge, Caroline, Coulthard, Sarah and Daw, Tim (2013) Connecting Marine Ecosystem Services to Human Well-being: Insights from Participatory Well-being Assessment in Kenya. Ambio, 42 (8, SI). pp. 1010-1021. ISSN 1654-7209

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-013-0456-9

Abstract

The linkage between ecosystems and human well-being is a focus of the conceptualization of ``ecosystem services{''} as promoted by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. However, the actual nature of connections between ecosystems and the well-being of individuals remains complex and poorly understood. We conducted a series of qualitative focus groups with five different stakeholder groups connected to a small-scale Kenyan coastal fishery to understand (1) how well-being is understood within the community, and what is important for well-being, (2) how people's well-being has been affected by changes over the recent past, and (3) people's hopes and aspirations for their future fishery. Our results show that people conceive well-being in a diversity of ways, but that these can clearly map onto the MA framework. In particular, our research unpacks the ``freedoms and choices{''} element of the framework and argues for greater recognition of these aspects of well-being in fisheries management in Kenya through, for example, more participatory governance processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kenya, fisheries, well-being, ecosystem services
Subjects: F700 Ocean Sciences
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 09:50
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14771

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