MAP OF STUDY SITES
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The primary aim of this research is to contribute towards poverty reduction and sustainable resource use and management by promoting the application of the principle of access and equitable sharing of benefits derived from coastal resources generally, and more specifically, in the West Indian Ocean region.
More specific objectives of the study are to:
- Identify common principles and approaches for benefit-sharing in a diversity of sectors, as well as from a range of different ecosystems.
- Map different types of coastal resources used by coastal communities and benefits accrued from these resources.
- Identify and document beneficiaries of coastal resources and the ways in which they exploit, use and benefit from the resources, their origin and history of use.
- Map the existing mechanisms for benefit sharing of coastal resources.
- Assess gender roles and their implications on coastal resource management and benefit sharing.
- Identify and review institutions and the legal framework governing access and benefit sharing of coastal resources and highlight strengths and weaknesses.
- Propose a framework for equitable benefit sharing of coastal resources and of sustainable management of the resources