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Using a relational values lens to explore community participation in sea turtle conservation in Tanzania πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ

Hello! I’m a PhD student at @DICE_Kent. Today I’ll be tweeting about my research on the human dimensions of #SeaTurtle conservation.
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Local communities have been leading #SeaTurtle conservation in πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ since 2001.

20 yrs of monitoring at πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ largest #GreenTurtle rookery shows:
⬆️ nest numbers inc by 40% πŸ“ˆπŸ‘
⬇️ harvesting of eggs dec by 88% πŸ“‰πŸ‘
⬆️ hatchling production inc by 60% πŸ“ˆπŸ‘
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But 🐒 conservation in πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ generates limited πŸ’° for people + opportunity cost of forgoing access to turtle eggs & meat

So why conserve 🐒?
We used a #RelationalValues (RV) lens to explore stewardship motivations & experiences of conservation participation
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πŸ“‹ In-depth interviews with community #SeaTurtle monitors revealed diverse values & stewardship motivations:

➑️ care & concern for nature 🐒🐳
➑️ social responsibility to future generations πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘§
➑️ stewardship identity & cultural connections to the ocean🌊
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RV are reproduced as community members interact
➑️ increases social acceptability & legitimacy of conservation
Conclusion: Focusing on πŸ’° incentives may overlook other types of human-nature connections that can catalyze local stewardship & behaviour change
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People-people relationships are just as imp as people-nature relationships in motivating conservation action.

Recommendation: integrate relational approaches into the design of #BiodiversityConservation programmes as a pathway for achieving social impacts.
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Next steps: Explore community perceptions of #SeaTurtle conservation to better understand reproduction of RV and their influence on the social acceptability of conservation. #MarSocSci

Thanks to PhD supervisors, to @SeaSenseNGO and @SeaTurtleTalks

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