Human population growth and climate change continue to burden ecosystems and the availability of natural resources which makes conservation critical. Perhaps more importantly, conservation helps maintain the biodiversity and health of natural ecosystems.
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Seattle University researchers Tanya Hayes and Felipe Murtinho in the Department of Environmental Studies are investigating how monetary payments affect forest conservation in community-managed forests in Ecuador. The study examines why rural communities choose to participate in payment for forest conservation programs, and how these programs affect conservation behavior, livelihoods and community governance. Read more.