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  • Nemer E. Narchi
  • Lisa L. Price
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Part of the Ethnobiology book series (EBL)

Abstract

Corals and coral reefs are of uttermost economic, environmental and cultural importance, for they host nearly a quarter of all marine species. As such, humans derive important, economic, social, and environmental benefits from these quintessential reef builders. Currently, tropical, subtropical, and deep cold water coral species are being damaged by a combination of direct and indirect stressors that potentially threaten 60 % of the coral reefs of the world. In spite of the overall importance of these organisms for human wellbeing, conservation schemes that have been implemented for preserving corals and coral reefs have fallen short of their goal. Furthermore, a meager 18.7 % of the total area occupied by coral reefs worldwide is harbored within a Marine Protected Area. In order to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between humans, corals and coralline environmental, We argue that the multiple assets derived from corals and coral reefs in the form of raw materials, ornamental and religious items, medicines, recreation, tourism, and environmental services, are accompanied by resource management strategies that represent alternative forms of constructing and managing nature in more sustainable and less aggressive ways.

Keywords

Coral Reef Adaptive Management Marine Protected Area Coral Garden Economic Valuation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nemer E. Narchi
    • 1
  • Lisa L. Price
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios en Geografía Humana, El Colegio de MichoacánLa PiedadMéxico
  2. 2.AnthropologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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