ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis), Spring 2020
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Coastal communities are some of the most vulnerable in a changing climate and to fishery industrialization. Many small villages residing on tropical coasts depend on mangrove swamps, yet the invading shrimp farming industry displaces local economies, destroys the mangrove forests that coastal ecosystems and communities depend on, increases vulnerability to rising seas due to erosion, and threatens cultures and local knowledge endemic to these villages. On Thai coasts, where the government protects but doesn’t enforce, coastal communities have taken conservation into their own hands as they battle the big shrimp-farming companies. Many challenges are posed by the gap between local knowledge and governmental power to enforce. This research project works to understand these tensions between local and governmental conservation frameworks in Thailand, with a greater goal of improving collaboration and effectiveness of conservation efforts elsewhere. The methodology involves participant observation, speaking with local community activists, and close-reading relevant government texts, all to be comparatively analyzed for language and framework identification.
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Framing Question: What tensions exist between the way governments and fishing villages understand and approach mangrove conservation and how do their interactions confound their ability to work together to effectively protect coastal ecosystems?
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Focus Question: How do the frameworks of mangrove conservation differ between the Thai government and individual activists in small fishing villages on the Thai Coast? How do these frameworks interact to facilitate or complicate collaboration efforts between local and international actors?
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