Money talks when it comes to soothing conservation conflict

Researchers at Michigan State University took on the task of determining if conservation programs that compensate citizens for changing habitat-damaging behavior really works.

January 29, 2016 - Sue Nichols

Jack Liu

Conserving wildlife habitat sounds noble, but when it comes down to work or sacrifice, cold hard cash – a decent amount of it – goes a long way.

Researchers at Michigan State University and their colleagues took on the task of definitively determining if conservation programs that compensate citizens for changing habitat-damaging behavior really works.

In the current issue of Conservation Biology, they examined a sweeping program in China that aims to restore forests and habitat for the endangered giant panda, but their unique analysis holds promise to evaluate such programs across the globe.

To read the full article, visit MSU Today.

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