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Jessica Paddock, Susan Baker, Leanne Cullen-Unsworth, Alastair Smith & Richard Unsworth

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 21: Coupled Social-Ecological Systems: Insights from Seagrass Meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Coupled Social-Ecological Systems: Insights from Seagrass Meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Coupled Social-Ecological Systems: Insights from Seagrass Meadows in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Jessica PaddockSusan BakerLeanne Cullen-UnsworthAlastair SmithRichard Unsworth
Introduction

There is increased recognition that human societies and the biophysical systems that contain them are integrally linked. The most prominent examples of coupled social-ecological systems are coastal and marine ecosystems and the related dependence of communities on subsistence fishing for a high quality source of protein and for income. Such dependence is especially high in Africa, Asia and Latin America (Ferrol-Schulte et al., 2013) and the Caribbean, the latter forming the focus of this chapter. Depletion of some fisheries resources, worsening coastal habitat degradation, increasing threats from climate variability and change, food security risks ...

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