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Wastewater-fed aquaculture in the East Kolkata Wetlands, India: anachronism or archetype for resilient ecocultures?

Bunting, Stuart W and Pretty, Jules and Edwards, Peter (2010) 'Wastewater-fed aquaculture in the East Kolkata Wetlands, India: anachronism or archetype for resilient ecocultures?' Reviews in Aquaculture, 2 (3). pp. 138-153. ISSN 1753-5123

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Abstract

Wastewater-fed aquaculture is generally in decline. The 12500ha East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) Ramsar site in peri-urban Kolkata, India, is the only large-scale formal system still operating and appears to demonstrate a high degree of resilience. This paper identifies aspects of wastewater-fed aquaculture in the EKW that contribute to its sustained operation. The Driving Forces, Pressures, State, Impact, Response (DPSIR) framework was used to structure the assessment. Resilience within the EKW can be attributed to the scale of operation, adaptive production strategies that optimise resource utilisation while minimising risks, self-organisation among stakeholders and timely legislation and institutional interventions to preserve the natural character of the wetlands. The introduction of externalising technologies, erosion of social capital and loss of traditional ecological knowledge threaten to undermine this resilience. Outcomes from this analysis should inform future management of the EKW to ensure that resilience is retained and enhanced. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: DPSIR framework; East Kolkata Wetlands; resilience; wastewater-fed aquaculture
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 15:47
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:51
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/904

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