Posted by: Hendra Siry | 9 October, 2008

Human dimensions of the ecosystem approach to fisheries

A new FAO Fisheries Technical Paper, Human dimensions of the ecosystem approach to fisheries: an overview of context, concepts, tools and methods, offers an understanding of the role of the economic, institutional and sociocultural components within the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) and examines potential EAF management methods and approaches in support of its application.

This document explores both the human context for the ecosystem approach to fisheries and the human dimensions involved in implementing the EAF. For the former, the report provides background material that is essential to understand prior to embarking on EAF initiatives, including an understanding of key concepts and issues, of the valuation of aquatic ecosystems socially, culturally and economically, and of the many policy, legal, institutional, social and economic considerations relevant to the EAF.

With respect to facilitating EAF implementation, the report deals with a series of specific aspects: (1) determining the boundaries, scale and scope of the EAF; (2) assessing the various benefits and costs involved, seen from social, economic, ecological and management perspectives; (3) utilizing appropriate decision-making tools in EAF; (4) creating and/or adopting internal incentives and institutional arrangements to promote, facilitate and fund the adoption of EAF management; and (5) finding suitable external (non-fisheries) approaches for financing EAF implementation.


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