OCTF seminar followed by drinks – all welcome
Mangrove forests provide a wide and important range of ecosystem services for local communities and beyond and, as a consequence, touch on multiple institutions and areas of government function, at multiple administrative levels and multiple scales. Policies, legislation and management approaches within forestry, fisheries, coastal zone management, land use planning and climate change have remit over mangrove forests, as well as local norms, practices and rules associated with timber extraction, non-timber forest use, fisheries activities and other benefits. This diversity of benefits, actors and institutions presents challenges to the effective governance of mangrove forests. The governance landscape of mangrove forests in Kenya and Zanzibar is mapped and analysed to identify key characteristics, challenges and opportunities, from which wider lessons for the governance of renewable natural resources can be learnt.
Dr Fiona Nunan is a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development and Head of the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. Her research is concerned with renewable natural resource governance and livelihoods in developing countries, particularly related to inland fisheries and coastal ecosystems. She is the author of Understanding Poverty and the Environment: Analytical frameworks and approaches and Making Climate Compatible Development Happen, both published by Routledge.