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Community-Based Marine Turtle's Conservation (CBMTC), a Complexity Analysis

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Merino, S. E.
Conference: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Hyderabad, India
Conf. Date: January 10-14, 2011
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7089
Sector: Theory
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): CBRM
marine ecology
sea turtles
coastal resources
resource management
Abstract: "While interpreting community-based marine turtle’s conservation (CBMTC) initiatives in Cape Verde we became aware of the difficulties of decision makers, policy implementing institutions as well as scientists and conservation NGOs, to understand and integrate the eco-systemic and human dimension into marine resources management. We also encountered difficulties in applying long term strategies when establishing policy implementing instruments. The study that is presented here aimed at: un-wrapping the complex nature of marine turtle conservation, the multiple-dimensional picture in which occurs as coastal common; (ii) shedding a light on the multiple-scales and multiple-levels nature of the forces menacing local population of marine turtles and its supporting ecosystem; (iii) influencing the costal dynamics that takes place in an insular nation with an eco-geography very receptive to environmental changes. It is concluded that there is a need to reinforce policy strategies and legal frameworks with articulating instruments and tools in marine resources management - including the introduction of concepts such as coastal common property, community-based conservation, co-management and the establishment of community conserved protected areas. It is argued the need for a) the introduction of new procedures and a legal framework to legalise the right of local fishing communities to participate in the management and governance of their coastal common pool resources, b) for a mandatory framework orienting the inter-institutional integrated and articulated approach for the implementation of the environmental policy and c) the establishment of operational and flexible tools aiming for institutional and financial sustainability to implement conservation policies for marine turtles. All that aiming a turtles conservation common vision bound in time and space, contributing for the sustainable development and improved livelihoods of small scale fishing communities."

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