Teathloach Wal Nguot

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Stanford U.

Grant number

Gr. 10712

Approve Date

April 15, 2024

Project Title

Nguot, Teathloach (Stanford U.) "Regenerating Mangroves along the Gambia River"

Mangrove restoration is of great interest to coastal communities, government, and researchers around the globe. Their declines are of sociocultural and ecological importance. Yet mangrove restoration is incredibly difficult. Successful restoration depends on various social and ecological contingencies and convergences. This study examines community-led mangrove regeneration in West Africa. A region where onshore communities have livelihood related stakes linked to mangrove resource extraction. Working closely with community-led mangrove regeneration organisations, where mangrove resources sustain livelihood activities around fishing, oyster-harvesting, wood extraction, and rice cultivation, this project investigates how community-led interventions negotiate the terms of collective life on the landscape. It examines the ways that community-led mangrove regeneration organisations intervene on the landscape and why. Doing so it elucidates the relationship between science, culture, and politics in shaping grassroots organisation strategies, and the ways this intersection limits or enables environmental management.