The College of the Coast & Environment proudly presents
CEGO Seminar Series
Vulnerability of a coupled human-ecological system:
Can mangrove ecosystem services strengthen resiliency of rural coastal communities?
Dr. Emi Uchida Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
University of Rhode Island
Dalton J. Woods Auditorium LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building November 16, 2018 11:30 a.m.
Chronic poverty and natural resource degradation are correlated and geographically concentrated in rural areas where livelihoods and basic needs depend disproportionately on natural resources and their ecosystem services. However, the mechanisms through which chronic poverty and ecosystem services interact are not well understood. This study uncovers four possible mechanisms that drive the dynamics between chronic poverty and ecosystem services: (1) poverty-environment trap; (2) ecosystem services as a natural insurance; (3) shared vulnerabilities; (4) institutional failure to manage the commons. These mechanisms are examined empirically using a case study of mangrove ecosystem services in rural coastal Tanzania, where chronic poverty and mangrove degradation coexist.