Taking Care of What We Have : Participatory Natural Resource Management on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

Christie, Patrick.
Ottawa : International Development Research Centre, 2000.
1 online resource (181 pages)
Conservation of natural resources -- Nicaragua -- Atlantic Coast.
Coastal ecology -- Nicaragua -- Atlantic Coast.
Atlantic Coast (Nicaragua) -- Environmental aspects.
Electronic books.
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.
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
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
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
The impact of fishing practices
Women's roles
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
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
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
Other limiting factors
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
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Bradford, David.
Garth, Ray.
Gonzalez, Bonafacio.
Hostetler, Mark.
Morales, Oswaldo.
Rigby, Roberto.
Simmons, Bertha.
Tinkam, Eduardo.
Vega, Gabriel.
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