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Coastal and fisheries co-management in South Africa: an overview and analysis


  • Hauck, Maria
  • Sowman, Merle


The newly elected democratic government of South Africa, has promulgated new policies and legislation which advocate alternative approaches to resource management which involve user groups. Co-management has been identified as one such strategy. An overview and analysis of selected coastal and fisheries co-management case studies in South Africa is given and key lessons are highlighted. Research findings indicate that co-management in South Africa is still in its infancy, making it difficult to provide conclusive statements about its success or failure. Nevertheless, the paper highlights some of the key conditions that are required for co-management to operate effectively in South Africa and some of the existing obstacles to practical implementation.

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  • Hauck, Maria & Sowman, Merle, 2001. "Coastal and fisheries co-management in South Africa: an overview and analysis," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(3), pages 173-185, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:25:y:2001:i:3:p:173-185

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    1. Kerri Brick & Martine Visser & Justine Burns, 2012. "Risk Aversion: Experimental Evidence from South African Fishing Communities," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 94(1), pages 133-152.
    2. Sutton, Abigail M. & Rudd, Murray A., 2014. "Deciphering contextual influences on local leadership in community-based fisheries management," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(PA), pages 261-269.
    3. Ishmael B. M. Kosamu, 2014. "Conditions for Sustainability of the Elephant Marsh Fishery in Malawi," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(7), pages 1-18, June.


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