Livelihoods, Aquaculture and Mangrove Rehabilitation in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Livelihoods, Aquaculture and Mangrove Rehabilitation in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Mangrove habitats provide important ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and storage) to support the livelihoods and wellbeing of coastal populations. However Indonesia has lost an estimated 46% of its mangrove forests over the last 30 years alone through conversion to fish ponds, and other anthropogenic activities.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from potential PhD candidates to work alongside researchers to examine existing livelihood strategies of coastal communities in the Gorontalo region of Sulawesi, and their contribution to household and local economies.  The research will also consider the role of patron-client relations in livelihood activities and explore opportunities for improvement and diversification.  This PhD project is linked to a new multidisciplinary applied research initiative – ‘Rehabilitating Blue Carbon Habitats’ between CDU, NGO’s Blue Forest and Jasepda and the Indonesian Government.

Australian candidates are encouraged to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Research award through Charles Darwin University. Indonesian candidates are encouraged to apply for scholarships through AusAID, DIKTI or CDU International scholarships. Opportunities exist to enrol in a joint CDU-ANU PhD degree.

For more information contact Dr Natasha Stacey at RIEL.

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