Collaborative research

To meet the complex challenge of managing coastal areas, we need to understand how environments function and how they will respond to change. It turns out, however, that sound environmental science is not enough. Few problems that coastal communities face are purely environmental in nature. They impact how people live and work. If the science to address these problems does not account for economic, regulatory, and social concerns, it often gets ignored. Reserves are changing this paradigm by engaging the people who need the science directly in the research process. Their knowledge and needs inform every step of the process—from how the problem is defined to how the knowledge and tools generated will be shared.

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