Study

Assessing the effectiveness of environmental education: mobilizing public support for Philippine crocodile conservation

  • Published source details van der Ploeg J., Cauilan-Cureg M., van Weerd M. & De Groot W.T. (2011) Assessing the effectiveness of environmental education: mobilizing public support for Philippine crocodile conservation. Conservation Letters, 4, 313-323.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Use education and/or awareness campaigns to improve behaviour towards reptiles and reduce threats

Action Link
Reptile Conservation
  1. Use education and/or awareness campaigns to improve behaviour towards reptiles and reduce threats

    A before-and-after study in 1999–2010 in San Mariano municipality, Philippines (van der Ploeg  et al. 2011) found that a communication, education, and public awareness campaign aimed at protecting the Philippine crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis resulted in the end of intentional crocodile killings by people and an increase in the crocodile population. Crocodile deaths caused by humans fell from 13 in 1998 to 0–1 in 2008–2010. The non-hatchling population in the municipality grew from 13 in 2002 to 64 in 2009. In addition, people reported crocodile nests to village officials rather than eating the eggs, and villages banned destructive fishing methods. In 1999, a project was set up to save crocodiles in an area, with communication outputs including billboards, wall paintings, posters, radio plugs, comic books, newsletters, school presentations, puppet shows, field visits and training workshops. The campaign focused on 15 villages, though the intensity of the campaign varied between villages.

    (Summarised by: Maggie Watson)

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