Sustainable management of mangroves: Developing a socially acceptable management plan

M. Hema, P. Indira Devi


Mangroves are the invaluable treasure of our biodiversity with immense ecological and economic significance. The unique mangrove ecosystems of Kerala are under threat due to policy and social factors and property right status (public and private property rights). An effective management strategy for mangroves is to be evolved in view of the rising pressure on land resources and conflicting interests among the stakeholder groups. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a sustainable management plan for the mangrove ecosystems in Kerala based on stakeholder responses and socio-economic dimensions employing the choice experiment approach.The stakeholders chose community management from among the five management options which provides an opportunity for the local community to participate in the management decision process.


Mangroves, Conservation, Community management

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