Indonesian Fishing Communities find balance between Biodiversity & Development

The beach of Tanjung Gelam, Karimunjava National Park.

Co-management approach safeguards marine protected area in Indonesian Coral Triangle NEW YORK / February 7, 2013 — Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa National Park, a marine paradise of turquoise seas and mangrove-ringed islands in the Java Sea just south of Borneo, into a model…

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National Science Foundation Awards Grants for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems

October 1, 2012 – Mile-a-minute weed or forest killer, it’s called. Mikania micranthais an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment. Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program will explore the factors that led to an invasion of M. micrantha in Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The project is one of 18 funded this year by the CNH program, which addresses how humans and the environment interact. Total funding for the 2012 awards is $17.6 million.…

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