Action: Inform local communities about the negative impacts of bat hunting to reduce killing of bats
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of informing local communities about the negative impacts of bat hunting to reduce killing of bats.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Education programmes that emphasize the negative impacts of bat hunting and the role of bats in providing ecosystem services are being implemented in some countries, and may benefit bats (e.g. Entwistle 2001, Trewellha et al 2005). However, there are many factors that influence human behaviour, and it may be necessary to collaborate with social scientists to design appropriate education programmes (e.g. see Kingston 2016). See also ‘Inform local communities about disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat to reduce killing of bats’.
Entwistle A. (2001) Community-based protection successful for the Pemba flying fox. Oryx, 35, 355–356.
Kingston T. (2016) Cute, creepy, or crispy – How values, attitudes, and norms shape human behavior toward bats. Pages 571–595 in: Voigt C. C. & Kingston T. (eds.) Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
Trewhella W.J., Rodriguez-Clark K.M., Corp N., Entwistle A., Garrett S.R.T., Granek E., Lengel K.L., Raboude M.J., Reason P.F. & Sewall B.J. (2005) Environmental education as a component of multidisciplinary conservation programs: lessons from conservation initiatives for critically endangered fruit bats in the western Indian Ocean. Conservation Biology, 19, 75–85.