Livelihood diversity and dynamism in Timor-Leste; insights for coastal resource governance and livelihood development uri icon

abstract

  • Coastal communities within small island developing states are typically highly dependent on fisheries and other natural resource-based livelihoods. However, specialisation as a â??fisherâ?? is rare compared to diverse livelihoods that can be adapted as opportunities and challenges emerge. Understanding this dynamic â??livelihood landscapeâ?� is important for improving governance and livelihood opportunities associated with natural resources. Using data from 495 households across 15 communities on Atauro Island, Timor-Leste, this study evaluates the importance of fisheries within a suite of livelihoods; the correlation of livelihoods structure with wellbeing; and the spatial and temporal variation of those livelihoods

publication date

  • 2017
  • 2017