27 Mar '12, 2pm

What gets the biggest bang for the conservation buck? Education.

What gets the biggest bang for the conservation buck? Education.

The world’s marine habitats are in trouble, and there are only so many dollars we can throw at the problem. But putting just a few toward community education and outreach pays huge dividends , according to a new study by Nature Conservancy scientists and coauthors just published in the journal Marine Policy. Researchers headed to the remote Indonesian islands of Misool and Kofiau — located in the heart of the Coral Triangle , the richest marine environment in the world — to find out whether a community marine education program would help in the creation and management of local marine protected areas (MPAs). They found that with a limited budget of just $24 per person per year , positive attitudes towards and local knowledge of marine resources rose in local people by 33% over the course of five years. Perhaps the biggest change came in people’s understanding that illegal f...

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