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Salve Regina University

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Spring 2022

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


The battle for coastal access is a prevalent and controversial issue in both the Global North and the Global South (Mongeau, 2001; Ojo, 2013). Due to investment in coastal land, vulnerable communities around the world are losing their access to the sea (Ojo, 2013; Bennett, Govan & Satterfield, 2015). Battles for ocean access in the Global North tend to focus on recreational activities, but what is to be said about ocean access in the Global South, where access to the sea is needed for the survival of entire communities? (Mongeau, 2001;). Using geographical mapping, environmental condition assessments and open-ended interviews this study explores how the tourism industry has impacted public ocean access in Jambiani, Zanzibar. Results from both geographical and social data sets reveal that the tourism industry has led to a lack of ocean accessibility and therefore has negatively impacted the livelihoods of community members. Results from this study in Jambiani may be applied to other coastal villages to better inform sustainable ocean access policy in Zanzibar and in the world.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Civic and Community Engagement | Development Studies | Human Ecology | Inequality and Stratification | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Oceanography | Tourism


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