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Balancing conservation and development

CTBCC and TESS students working in forest conservation are looking at ways to balance conservation with development to benefit both local human and flora and fauna populations.

In a nice summary on JCU brighter, the work of students Rebecca Rigg, James Langston and Dwi Amalia Sari is highlighted.

In an effort to take into account both local peoples and conservation, the researchers are aiming to see development and conservation as two parts of the same process, rather than as opposing forces - conservation in the long-term can only be achieved if impoverished communities are able to develop and be part of the conservation strategies. 

This approach involves engaging with the community and stakeholders identify problems and potential solutions, as well as emphasising the need to build place-based consensus before taking action.

Read the full article here.