Mangrove ecosystem services: Contribution to the well-being of the coastal communities in Klang Islands

Ruslan, Nur Fatin Nabilah and Goh, Hong Ching and Hattam, Caroline and Edwards-Jones, Andrew and Moh, Heng Hing (2022) Mangrove ecosystem services: Contribution to the well-being of the coastal communities in Klang Islands. Marine Policy, 144. ISSN 0308-597X, DOI

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Mangroves continue to be extensively replaced for alternative land uses despite global recognition of their value for ecosystem services. Limited effort has been directed into understanding how changes in mangrove ecosystems affect human well-being, especially in Asia. Using the inhabited Klang Islands, Selangor, Malaysia as a case study, this paper explores the relationships between mangrove ecosystem services and human well-being by adapting and modifying three existing conceptual frameworks. Semi-structured interviews with island residents were conducted to explore mangroves' contribution to human well-being. Analysis revealed that respondents recognised examples of regulating, cultural, and provisioning ecosystem services resulted from their interaction with mangroves. While all three ecosystem services contributed to both basic human needs and subjective well-being, provisioning and cultural services were reported to also contribute to economic needs and regulating services, more strongly to environmental needs. These findings contribute to more inclusive decision-making processes concerning development and conservation planning in the fast-urbanised Klang which would affect the overall well-being of the communities in general, largely the Malay, Chinese and Mah Meri communities, and the fishers specifically.

Item Type: Article
Funders: United Kingdom Research and Innovation [NE/P020925/1], Ministry of Education Malaysia at Universiti Malaya [IF021-2017]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Marine economics; Marine conservation; Sustainable development; Natural resource management; Policy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2023 02:29
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 02:29

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