Suhren, Eva Julia, Devita, Fitria, Prüter, Katrin, Tarumun, Suardi, Glaser, Marion ORCID: and Glaeser, Bernhard (2014) River health and community health: a collaborative action-oriented social-ecological analysis. Asian Journal of Water Environment and Pollution, 11 (1). pp. 51-66.

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We assume that social and ecological systems are closely connected. Within the conceptual framework of Social-Ecological Systems (SES) analysis we focus on poverty, health and sustainable development within the Siak River catchment area in Riau Province (Sumatra). Substantial environmental changes in the last ten years, especially the degraded water quality of the Siak River, have directly affected the Siak ecosystem services and consequently the welfare and the livelihood of people who depend on these services. Impacts occur on income, health, job mobility and, to some degree, community culture for those who live in the Siak River basin. The income of fi sher families has been reduced signifi cantly forcing them to look for job alternatives elsewhere. The contaminated water has caused diseases that were not reported ten years ago. Local village inhabitants, women specifi cally, are aware of the social-ecological nexus, i.e. the connection between river pollution and people's health in the riverside village communities. The economic disadvantages people experience from the degraded ecosystem services differ between villages but have severely lowered the standard of living and quality of life in riverside settlements. Conclusions are drawn on the role of poverty, and the chances of alleviating health risks and pursuing sustainable development for the Siak river basin are explored.

Document Type: Article
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Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Social-Ecological Systems Analysis
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 22:17
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:27

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