Sand, sea & survival
How Future For Nature Award winner Patricia Davis and her NGO C3 are saving island life all over the world
Imagine floating around in the shallow coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is delightfully warm, there’s lots of sea grass to chomp down, and life is plumpy and relaxing. For dugongs, the marine counterpart of the manatee, this is the way of life!
For a while, it was difficult for the dugong to share these coastal waters with humans. Pollution, sea grass habitat degradation and human-encounters proved a real challenge… Thanks to the efforts of Future For Nature Award winner Patricia Davis and her NGO C3, the marine life around Fiji, Madagascar and the Philippines is doing a lot better. By using innovative incentive-based conservation models, local communities have reduced threatening situations for dugongs and other marine species. Their permanent efforts create a safe environment where humans and the bloaty, yet gracious dugongs can live in harmony once again!
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