Understanding how community-based initiatives work is crucial for effective environmental management, but robust evaluations of these efforts are rare. A study of a national network of locally managed marine areas in Fiji shows that, aside from an improvement in marine governance, there have been few tangible conservation outcomes.
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This is a summary of: O’Garra, T. et al. National-level evaluation of a community-based marine management initiative. Nat. Sustain. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-023-01123-7 (2023).
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Evaluating the impacts and mechanisms of locally managed marine areas. Nat Sustain 6, 889–890 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-023-01129-1