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article imageStudies find that empowering locals helps save the environment

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 6, 2014 in Environment
Multiple studies have covered what happens when locals support their own environment instead of the government. According to these reports efficient, stable communities can protect the environment better than the big agencies.
What many are asking now is whether the results back up the assertion. Look at the studies for yourself and decide. Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change" details the positive results seen when communities in Brazil and other areas manage their own area. Despite turmoil in Latin America researchers found that deforestation fell due to local responsibility.
Another report showed that overall environmental damage fell in the tropics when communities police themselves. While some worried that people would take advantage of the situation, findings show that this did not happen. Much of our information comes from a good report on New Scientist as well.
Despite these positive findings some say that the government should continue to be involved. Government intervention is a complicated topic as even officials between countries do not always agree with each other on important environmental topics.
Of course there is a disclaimer here, in communities with instability and violence everyone suffers. Both the human beings living there and nature itself is hurt by this according to "Wildlife decline and social conflict". According to their findings poaching increases when local communities are unstable and governments cannot help. As such this plan is not good for areas with a high amount of local instability.
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