Three Types of Communities With Major Roles to Play In Biodiversity Conservation

In the few years I have worked as a biodiversity conservation activist, I have come to the conclusion that there are three types of communities with major roles to play in biodiversity conservation. These, then, are the communities that should be targeted in biodiversity conservation advocacy.

The first type of community that has a major role to play in biodiversity conservation is that of people who are involved in fishing. If the people who are involved in fishing are taught about the importance of conserving biodiversity and the need to adopt sustainable fishing methods, they can play a significant role in protecting the biodiversity of the oceans.

The second type of community that has a major role to play in biodiversity conservation is that of people who are involved in farming. Through the use of the wrong farming strategies, including the intensive use of pesticides and herbicides, the people who are involved in farming can end up decimating biodiversity very fast. Conversely, if they are taught about sustainable farming, and how to maximize their yields without decimating biodiversity, that will have a huge impact in biodiversity conservation.

The third type of community that has a major role to play in biodiversity conservation is that of people who are involved in hunting. Here we are looking at people who are involved in commercial hunting, those who are involved in sports hunting… and so on. They have to be taught how to hunt in a sustainable manner: otherwise they can end up destroying biodiversity completely.

This, of course, is not to say that these are the only people with a role to play in biodiversity conservation. All of us have a role to play. Even the fellows working at Walmart (who have to go through the Walmartone login screen to access their pay stubs and other work-related resources) have a role to play in biodiversity conservation. It is just that the three main types of communities we have identified above have a much more direct (and potentially more influential) role, in biodiversity conservation.

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