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Author Christie, Patrick
Title Taking Care of What We Have : Participatory Natural Resource Management on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua
Imprint Ottawa : International Development Research Centre, 2000
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgements -- 1. The setting, issues, and research methods -- Focusing on the Caribbean coast -- The study area -- Pressure on people and resources -- A project is born -- Participatory action research -- Objectives of participatory action research -- Assessing practice: key factors determining success or failure -- Structure of this book -- 2. The people and natural resources of Pearl Lagoon -- Ethnicity and demographics -- The population of Pearl Lagoon -- Formal and informal organizations -- The landscape -- Waterways -- Principal ecosystems -- Tropical lowland rainforests -- Pine savannas -- Swamp forests -- Mangrove forests -- The lagoon -- The fish population -- Recent changes in the lagoon -- Land and sea tenure -- Resource use -- Fisheries -- Agriculture -- Forestry -- Toward a better understanding of critical linkages -- 3. No life without fish: a local history of fisheries resources and their use -- Artisanal and commercial exploitation -- Changes -- The impact of fishing practices -- Women's roles -- Acopiadoras -- Growing concerns -- Local knowledge about the protection of fisheries resources -- The need for a management plan -- 4. "Going far to catch a fish": local perceptions of the dynamics and impacts of a changing resource base -- A shift toward the market -- Documenting local perceptions -- Changes in the Pearl Lagoon fishery -- Abandoning agriculture -- Changing women's roles -- Changing attitudes of youth -- Impact of the war -- Farming going waste:" a synthesis -- Decreases in fish stocks -- Negative impacts on women -- Role of the gill net -- Stock decline: a synthesis -- Now everything is money": changes in distribution patterns -- Decline in available fish -- Increasing social differentiation -- Reactions to changes -- Limits on exploitation -- Limits on outsiders
Avoiding wasteful practices -- Conclusions -- Annex 1: Interview guide 1 -- Annex 2: Interview guide 2 -- Annex 3: Participants in first set of interviews -- Annex 4: Participants in the second set of interviews -- 5. CAMPlab: the Coastal Area Monitoring Project and Laboratory -- Early stages: building a team, defining the agenda -- Emergence of the CAMP committee -- Monitoring fish catches -- Catch per unit effort for the southern Pearl Lagoon fishery -- The process matures and expands -- A growing team -- Toward CAMPlab-DIPAL cooperation -- Focusing on the management plan -- Conclusions -- 6. Walking a fine line: the dynamics of the participatory action research process -- Historical context -- Taking care of the natural resource base -- Insecurity and tensions -- Demanding accountability -- Aspiring for "autonomy -- Shared concerns, common action -- Discord -- Other limiting factors -- Conclusions -- 7. Working with the people: lessons learned -- Achieving PAR goals: moving toward critical consciousness -- Strides forward -- Enabling and constraining factors -- Changing the institutional approach -- A continuing struggle -- Bibliography
Together, rapid population growth, increased commercialization and exploitation of aquatic resources, deforestation and pollution, and encroachments on communally owned resources by national and transnational private interests are placing the world's coastal regions under enormous pressure. One example is the Pearl Lagoon estuary, the main basin on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. This book provides detailed insight into the problems of the Pearl Lagoon and presents alternatives for more effective management of its natural resources. It documents a new approach to the study and future management of a complex resource system in a politically demanding environment. The authors argue for earlier and greater involvement of community groups. They emphasize the need for persistence and the importance of interdisciplinary research in developing sustainable solutions to natural-resource-management problems
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Christie, Patrick Taking Care of What We Have : Participatory Natural Resource Management on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua Ottawa : International Development Research Centre,c2000 9780889369252
Subject Conservation of natural resources -- Nicaragua -- Atlantic Coast.;Coastal ecology -- Nicaragua -- Atlantic Coast.;Atlantic Coast (Nicaragua) -- Environmental aspects
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Alt Author Bradford, David
Garth, Ray
Gonzalez, Bonafacio
Hostetler, Mark
Morales, Oswaldo
Rigby, Roberto
Simmons, Bertha
Tinkam, Eduardo
Vega, Gabriel
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