Media coverage on my research: MIT Environmental Policy and Planning reviews my work on “Implementing the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in South East Asia”

https://environmentalpolicyandplanning.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/implementing-the-international-convention-on-biological-diversity-cbd-in-south-east-asia/ “International treaties can exert pressure on national governments to pay attention to certain policy goals, how they choose to implement these goals is up to them. Kelly Heber Dunning (PhD ’16) examines the challenges facing countries that have signed on to the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Using a comparative case study ofContinue reading “Media coverage on my research: MIT Environmental Policy and Planning reviews my work on “Implementing the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in South East Asia””

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New paper: Ecosystem services and community based coral reef management institutions in post blast-fishing Indonesia

Link here to the journal. Here is my copy of the PDF: Dunning, Kelly Heber (2014) “Ecosystem Services and Community Based Coral Reef Management regimes in Post Blast-fishing Indonesia.” Thanks to my supervisors, Dr. Larry Susskind, and Dr. Porter Hoagland for help revising.

Reef Communities in the Dynamite-Cyanide Era: Field notes from Indonesia

I am authoring several blog entries on my summer 2013 field work in villages that depend on coral reefs in Indonesia.  This one covers local reef management, destructive fishing, and how we can look at successful villages and try to copy their success in neighboring villages. This work was funded by the MIT Carroll WilsonContinue reading “Reef Communities in the Dynamite-Cyanide Era: Field notes from Indonesia”

Publication in community-based coral reef management

An article I wrote while at Oxford was published recently in the Journal of Human Welfare. It uses three cases as comparisons to test the theory of political ecology. Here is a link to the journal and a PDF of my article: http://hwc.gtc.ox.ac.uk/index.php/archives.html The World Bank and other donors have realized the benefits of allowingContinue reading “Publication in community-based coral reef management”

coral reef degradation in developing countries: complex causes

Here I use political ecology is a body of theoretical tool to analyze coral reef management.  Since its beginnings in the 1970’s, political ecology questioned the so-called “narratives of degradation.” In the two cases I outlined here in previous entries, “narratives of degradation,” were stories told by elites about a natural resource and how itContinue reading “coral reef degradation in developing countries: complex causes”

Part II: Community-based natural resource management and building consensus

In yesterday’s post I examined how a community-based management scheme for a marine reserve on the Bay Islands in Honduras attempted consensus-building.  In actuality it empowered elites in the community and not the poorest people living subsistence lives.  The problems here is that these natural resource management paradigms are praised as empowerment tools by manyContinue reading “Part II: Community-based natural resource management and building consensus”

Community-Based Coral Reef Management

In recent years, the idea of local communities managing their natural resources has gained traction in the donors circuit, mainly in the World Bank.  Touted benefits include improved livelihoods, improved state of the resources, development of village-level infrastructure, and an increase in their political voices. I look at two case studies over the next twoContinue reading “Community-Based Coral Reef Management”