Wednesday October 20 @ 3:30 PM PST Zoom registration
Jim Sanchirico, Professor, University of California at Davis
Ocean Conservation, Fisheries, and Poverty Alleviation
Abstract: Small-scale nearshore fisheries provide an important source of protein and sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. Yet, for a number of reasons, small-scale fisheries pose particular challenges for marine conservation efforts. Past and current efforts at reforming fishery management have focused narrowly on the fishing sector and on fishing households. However, the livelihoods of fishing and non-fishing households in rural coastal communities are deeply intertwined, and households depend on a diversity of activities connected, directly or indirectly, with the marine environment. This talk will introduce a new policy evaluation tool that combines insights from development economics, natural resource economics, and ecology to capture the linkages in local economies in rural coastal areas of developing nations. We apply the tool to understand the impacts of poverty alleviation programs and blue economy sustainable development programs. Results underscore the importance of considering characteristics of local economies and household linkages to marine and land resources when designing poverty alleviation and conservation policies to avoid unintended consequences.