Eight years of octopus fishery records from southwest Madagascar reveal significant positive impacts from 36 periodic closures on: (a) fishery catches and (b) village fishery income, such that (c) economic benefits from increased landings outweigh costs of foregone catch. We discuss the implications of our findings for broader co-management arrangements, particularly for catalyzing more comprehensive management.
Madagascar’s diverse marine ecosystems serve as critical biodiversity habitats and are also essential to the livelihoods, food security and culture of coastal people, including semi-nomadic Vezo fishers based along the southwest coast.
A report from the ‘Scaling success in octopus fisheries management in the Western Indian Ocean’ workshop held in Zanzibar on 3-5 December 2014, which addresses the key issues faced by small-scale fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean.
Perhaps the most understudied ecosystem services are related to socio-cultural values tied to non-material benefits arising from human–ecosystem relationships. Here we apply a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to determine indigenous fishers’ preferences and willingness-to-pay for bequest gains from management actions in a locally managed marine area in Madagascar, and use our results to estimate an implicit discount rate.
Keywords: Cultural ecosystem services; Bequest value; Discrete choice experiment; Discount rate; Economic valuation; Madagascar
Blue Ventures’ community health programme delivers health education and services in order to enable people to make their own reproductive health choices, as part of our integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach. Safidy, meaning “the freedom to choose” in Malagasy, has been operating in the Velondriake locally managed marine area on Madagascar’s southwest coast since August 2007, and in Belo sur Mer since May 2013. This report provides a summary of community health activities carried out during the seventh year of the programme (2013-2014).
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