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Issue No:75
  • :January
  • :2017

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
—a Native American saying

Mexico / CONSERVATION

Alienated, Marginalized

The unintended consequences of conservation action has had several impacts on protected species and fishing communities of Pacific Mexico


This article is by Elena M. Finkbeiner (elenamf@stanford.edu) of the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Pacific Grove, California, USA, and the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, Monterey, California, Timothy H. Frawley of the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, S. Hoyt Peckham of the Center for Ocean Solutions and SmartFish, La Paz, México, and Larry B. Crowder of the Hopkins Marine Station and the Center for Ocean Solutions


Conservation initiatives are often urgently undertaken especially when they concern the protection of endangered species. Furthermore, these agendas are often focused on narrow or even singular objectives (that is, saving a single species from functional extinction), which, in turn, mount pressure on national governments to take immediate action. When such pressure forces quick actions with inadequate deliberation, resources for enforcement and monitoring, or appreciation for local context, conservation policies can harm both human wellbeing and the environment. Here we share a case study about how well-intentioned conservation...

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