Policy ForumCONSERVATION POLICY

Wildlife decline and social conflict

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Science  25 Jul 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6195, pp. 376-378
DOI: 10.1126/science.1256734

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  1. Global and local drivers.

    The growth of child slavery in fisheries provides an example of the complex linkages between wildlife decline and social conflict, as well as the multidisciplinary insights necessary to inform policy. In practice, interdisciplinary engagement cannot be easily parsed among simplistic categories, and many perspectives inform each step. Policy action must integrate disciplines to address feedbacks among failing fish stocks, weak governance, uncertain resource tenure, and pressure from international demand.