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The role of education in marine sanctuary management

A b s t r a c t: Although the need for marine sanctuaries may be becoming more generally accepted, it is still essential to explain the benefits at the local community level when new reserves are proposed. Important goals that may be met through an educational programme include the provision of information concerning new sanctuary management plans and the development of an understanding of, and hence a voluntary compliance with, any regulations proposed by the sanctuary management. The strategies for achieving these goals are put forward in the context of the establishment of the Jubail Marine Wildlife Sanctuary. These include: initiatives targeted to educational establishments and local resource users, lectures, presentations and Sanctuary trips; measures to enhance community involvement, the installation of mooring facilities and beach habitat improvement schemes; use of the media to publicise the Sanctuary and finally the preparation of appropriate educational and informative materials such as guide books and brochures.


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