Schwenke, Theresa and Helfer, Véronique (Unpublished) Threats, livelihood, ecosystem services and the question of sustainability , livelihood and consilience in mangrove ecosystems: How do ecological and social dimensions interlink in mangrove research?. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science .

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Analysis of bibliographic networks had been used for the identification of topic or author related clusters within different research themes. Here we examine bibliographic data from the field of mangrove research to show how social and ecological data had been integratively examined and discussed in the light of global change and the Anthropocene. Mangrove ecosystems are known to provide many ecosystem services of local and global relevance, human livelihood provision being one essential component. While much work has been done in assessing the effect of human activities and global change, beside other stressors on mangrove ecosystems, less attention has been paid to studies investigating both social and ecological dimensions together. In this paper, we provide a first overview on how far social and ecological dimensions are considered and investigated as interlinked and highly connected within mangrove research publications. A Web of Science search query looking through title, keywords and / or abstract within mangrove research addressing diverse threats to mangrove ecosystems, sustainability, ecosystem services, consilience, well-being and/ or livelihood listed 6435 publications. Threats to mangrove ecosystems were addressed in 88.3% of these publications, while only 2.7% of all publications do not mention threats to mangrove ecosystems at all and 9% investigate ecosystem services, sustainability, consilience and/ or livelihood in combination with different threats in relation to mangrove ecosystems. To further describe the interconnectedness of different themes within mangrove research, we applied a citation network analysis, which shows that interlinked investigations of social and ecological spheres in mangrove ecosystems just emerged relatively recently, and publications combining several dimensions have received so far little echo in mangrove research. Owing to the strong dependence of some local human populations from resources provided by mangrove ecosystems, we stress the necessity of interdisciplinary research to address upcoming challenges and provide adaptive measures for the support of local communities.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA2
Research affiliation: Ecology > Mangrove Ecology
Social Sciences > Social-Ecological Systems Analysis
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 02727714
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 14:45
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 13:01

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