The course explores the complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities. In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition that the marine environment cannot be managed effectively without the cooperation and participation of resource user groups and coastal stakeholders. Co-management and community based management are two related, yet different approaches wherein cooperation and partnership are paramount and responsibility is shared, formally or informally, between state and user groups and/or communities of place and interest. The focus of this course will be to critically examine the extent to which co-management and other alternative community-based strategies provide a viable approach to marine management. Studies of such efforts from around the world, in different social and cultural contexts, will be critically examined to determine costs and benefits, the opportunities for and barriers to their implementation, and the conditions necessary for the development for sustainable, community-based coastal management systems.
On completion of the course, a student:
- has gained a systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge of the complex interrelationships inherent in human use and interaction with coastal and marine natural resources and systems.
- can accurately define a problem, think about it in a critical manner, assess information at hand and draw inferences about how best to approach its resolution.
- has an understanding of the complementary and competing interests that influence the design, implementation and outcome of community-based management processes.
- has strengthened abilities in aspects of organizational behaviour, facilitation and power-sharing dynamics in collaborative management arrangements.
Only for students in Coastal and Marine Management (MRM programme)