27 Feb '13, 11pm

Does the presence of scientists help deter poaching and deforestation in protected areas?

Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com February 27, 2013 Sign warning that a tree is spiked to protect it from illegal logging in Indonesia's Gunung Palung National Park. Photo by Rhett Butler. While vast areas of wildlife habitat have been set aside in protected areas in recent decades, many reserves continue to suffer from illegal encroachment, logging, mining, and poaching. The recent spasm in elephant and rhino poaching within African parks merely underlines the problem. Yet research has shown that people — provided they have a vested interest in safeguarding protected areas — can be a strong deterrent to illegal activities. For example, some of the best protected forests in the Amazon basin are those that are inhabited by indigenous people , rather than those managed distantly by conservation agencies. In Madagascar, the splitting of entrance fees between the national parks ma...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0227-field-research-protect...

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