Thomson Reuters: Executive Perspective: Entering uncharted waters – ocean conservation key to the future

Thomson Reuters: Executive Perspective: Entering uncharted waters – ocean conservation key to the future
6
Sep

An opinion piece from Alasdair Harris, Blue Ventures’ Executive Director, and John Tanzer, Oceans Practice Leader for WWF International, has been published in the Thomson Reuters blog, and discusses how the fate of the world’s coasts will determined by the actions taken over the coming generation.

Time is not on our side. We have years not decades to quell the perfect storm now brewing in our seas, and the global conservation movement has much work still to do to identify truly scalable and funded solutions that stand a hope of driving the systems change needed to safeguard these places and the people that depend on them.

This piece uses two examples of community-led conservation efforts in Madagascar and Indonesia to illustrate what can be achieved when communities are empowered to manage the resources that they depend on.

We need to take decisive steps to magnify these efforts; exchanging experiences across countries, markets and languages, to empower communities to scale up those models that have delivered positive outcomes for people and nature. Recognition of the strong return on investment for these approaches will also boost their on-water performance.

The interface of traditional knowledge, development practice, and the best conservation science demonstrates that conservation can deliver real hope on the ground, where it counts most.


Read the full piece on the Thomson Reuters blog: Executive Perspective: Entering uncharted waters – ocean conservation key to the future

Read more about community conservation efforts in Madagascar.


 

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