There will be a Fish Learning Hour knowledge sharing session on 07 March 2019 (Thursday), from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (GMT +8 hours) at the Auditorium, WorldFish HQ. The presentation will be given by Ms. Jacqueline Lau on ‘Local to global: From access and equity in coral reef communities to a climate change research agenda’. The session will also be streamed live via Skype for Business for audiences participating remotely at the following hyperlink: https://bit.ly/2Tvdfwh
Coral reefs are crucial to the wellbeing of millions of people in developing countries, who depend directly on reef ecosystem services for their livelihoods. While research on coral reef ecosystem services is growing, studies often miss how and why people gain access to these benefits and what people themselves consider fair; both crucial components of ethical and effective management.
In the first part of Ms. Lau’s talk, she will focus on the factors that influence access to coral reef ecosystem services, and what resource users themselves consider fair, through two case studies in Papua New Guinea. She found that numerous factors shape access and they change for different people (e.g. women, young men), and that, in certain cases, conflict may be useful for negotiating what are fair costs and benefits from reef management.
Building on the need to account for local access to ecosystem services, and perceptions of fairness, Ms. Lau will then jump to a global view and explore key questions, gaps, and directions that climate change poses for small-scale fisheries research. This second part of the presentation is intended as an open discussion to explore future directions and synergies in climate change research in WorldFish.
Ms. Lau is originally from Melbourne but has steadily migrated North, first to study sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra, then to the UK, where she completed an MPhil in Environment, Society and Development in 2014. During her MPhil she studied the role of identity in an artisanal oyster fishery in The Gambia, which inspired her to take up a PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, investigating conservation and development in coastal communities. Under the supervision of Prof. Joshua Cinner, Dr. Georgina Gurney, and Prof. Christina Hicks, her PhD investigates ecosystem services, access and equity in coastal communities in Papua New Guinea. In June 2019, Ms. Lau will take up a joint post-doc with WorldFish and the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, with a focus on climate change and resilience in small-scale fisheries.
Please come along to what promises to be a stimulating and interesting talk. Hope to see you there!