Papyrus wetlands form ecological buffer zones, protecting lake shallows from sedimentation and open water from eutrophication. Multiple wetland processes and functions also support the livelihoods of adjacent riparian communities. However, ecohydrologists have in the past typically placed insufficient emphasis on social and cultural factors operating within the catchments that they study. Here we outline a process that better integrates social science research methods within ecohydrology, using the ‘language’ of ecosystem services to prioritise objectives for the rehabilitation of papyrus wetlands at Lake Naivasha in Kenya.
This research was supported by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme
Morrison, E.H.J., Upton, C., Pacini, N., Odhiambo-K’oyooh, K., Harper, D.M., Public perceptions of papyrus: community appraisal of wetland ecosystem services at Lake Naivasha, Kenya, Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, vol.13, issue2, pp.135-147, 2013
Public perceptions of papyrus: community appraisal of wetland ecosystem services at Lake Naivasha, Kenya