An ecological-economic model for catchment management: The case of Tonameca, Oaxaca, México

V. S. Avila-Foucat, Charles Perrings, D. Raffaelli

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Abstract

Coastal environmental impacts are generally due to both local and remote land uses. Eutrophication of coastal waters, for example, may be due to local urbanization and tourist development, but typically also stems from nutrient flows from agriculture away from coastal areas. To deal with this problem, catchment and coastal management need to be integrated. Management recommendations need to be supported by integrated analysis linking the geographically dispersed drivers of change from an appropriately interdisciplinary perspective. This paper presents an ecological-economic model that embeds existing food web models within fishery and tourism production functions. The aim is to identify optimal management strategies for catchments in which changes in nutrient loads have consequences for the relative abundance of economically important species. The model is calibrated on data for the Tonameca catchment, located on the coast of Oaxaca in Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2224-2231
Number of pages8
JournalEcological Economics
Volume68
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2009

Keywords

  • Ecological-economic catchment model
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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