Conservation in tropical Pacific Island countries: why most current approaches are failing

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Title Conservation in tropical Pacific Island countries: why most current approaches are failing
Author Keppel, Gunnar; Morrison, Clare; Watling, Dick; Tuiwawa, Marika; Rounds, Isaac
Journal Name Conservation Letters
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract The independent island nations of the South Pacific have a rich and threatened terrestrial biota. Despite considerable investment of resources into conservation over the last three decades, biodiversity is dwindling and protected area systems remain inadequate. This lack of success is caused by important differences in cultural, economic, landownership, and social factors in developing Pacific Island countries, compared to developed nations that often fund conservation programs and plans. Despite the obvious need for capacity building and information exchange among stakeholders, little collaboration and development has eventuated. A coordinated and integrated approach, focusing conservation resources on national priorities, is essential to achieve efficient conservation. This will need to include active involvement of landowners, a good sociocultural understanding of target communities, improved collaboration between the various stakeholders, provision of sustainable alternative economic activities, and a commitment to long funding cycles for projects.
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Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author[s] for more information.
Volume 5
Issue Number 4
Page from 256
Page to 265
ISSN 1755-263X
Date Accessioned 2012-05-29
Language en_US
Research Centre International Centre for Ecotourism Research
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity; Tourism
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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