EVALUATING CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
On 14 February 2021 the EcoAdapt's team article - Evaluating coral reef ecosystem services outcomes from climate change adaptation strategies using integrative system dynamics - was published online in the Journal of Environmental Management. The article concludes that the implementation of an integrated portfolio of management strategies better protects ecosystem services provided by coral reefs and maximises the total economic benefits achieved over the long-term despite a temporary and short-term economic loss due to high initial capital investments and income reduction due to fishing and tourism restrictions.
NEW PUBLICATION IN ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
On 19 July 2020 the EcoAdapt team's article - Revealing the dominant discourses of stakeholders towards natural resource management in Port Resolution, Vanuatu, using Q-method - was published online in Ecological Economics. Abstract: Rural communities in Pacific small island states, which rely directly and acutely on the benefits from ecosystem services, face a range of interlinking threats to their management of natural resources, exacerbated by climate change-related risks, all against the backdrop of rapid social and economic transition. Appropriate and sufficient community adaptation responses are required to maintain habitats and sustain livelihoods. Adaptation responses are mediated through often competing subjective discourses. We used Q-method to reveal discourses within a subsistence community in Vanuatu & amongst associated stakeholders.
EcoAdapt 2019-2020 Annual Report
As the EcoAdapt project comes to the end of its fourth year, the research team has again increased both engagement with stakeholders and research outputs which will improve the prospects for Ecosystem Based Adaptation to be appropriate and effectively used in Vanuatu and elsewhere in the Pacific and globally.
NEW PUBLICATION - SOCIAL BENEFIT COST ANALYSIS OF ECOSYSTEM-BASED CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
On 29 July 2019 the latest research article from the EcoAdapt team was published. It focuses on the social benefit cost analysis of ecosystem-based climate change adaptation in Tanna. The team found that funds targeted at increasing the productivity of the gardens returns significant social benefit & important complimentary benefits. The programme design included interlinking activities, including a series of demonstration garden plots, extension officers, community radio, a community ranger programme & a tree nursery.
EcoAdapt 2018-2019 Annual Report
The EcoAdapt research team stakeholder engagement efforts extend from involvement in international negotiations with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to developing capacity within the Port Resolution community for monitoring coastal ecosystems.
EcoAdapt 2017-2018 Annual Report
As our EcoAdapt project comes to the end of its second year, it is timely to review progress made to date, lessons learnt, & to reflect upon the challenges & opportunities that arise from the special & unique characteristics of this project, many of which relate to the multidisciplinary approach of our research.
EcoAdapt 2016-2017 Annual Report
During the first year of our five-year project we have made significant progress in advancing our research agenda in line with scheduled milestones. The milestones & research progress are outlined in the EcoAdapt 2016-2017 Annual Report.