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Young researchers are making a difference for communities & marine conservation. Find out how

Young researchers are making a difference for communities & marine conservation. Find out how

Coral trout in a reef in West Papua, Indonesia © Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon Using any kind of transportation available—ferries, small boats, buses, cars, motorcycles, and their own two feet hiking through rugged terrain—Dr. Fitryanti "Fitry" Pakiding and her team of young researchers travel to remote Indonesian villages. Their task: to survey local people about the effects of marine conservation efforts. The work can be grueling, accommodations spartan, and hours long. But Fitry, a Papua State University (UNIPA) professor of economics, is an enthusiastic leader, and her team of students and recent graduates are eager to be involved in real-world monitoring. The project aims to document the impact of marine protected areas (MPAs) on both local people and the marine environment. MPAs are ocean areas that receive special protection as a way to conserve resources and promote su...

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