Involve local communities in marine and freshwater mammal conservation projects
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
When local communities are involved in conservation projects, they may have a greater interest in ensuring the long-term sustainability of conservation efforts. The engagement of local communities may also reduce persecution of marine and freshwater mammals. One study in Mexico found that local communities were successfully involved in recording sightings and rescuing threatened West Indian manatees Trichechus manatus manatus, although the outcomes for the manatee population were not reported (Rodas-Trejo et al. 2008).
Rodas-Trejo J., Romero-Berny E.I. & Estrada A. (2008) Distribution and conservation of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in the Catazaja wetlands of northeast Chiapas, Mexico. Tropical Conservation Science, 1, 321–333.