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MEDA's approach is to boost awareness of how conservation and long-term economic interests go hand-in-hand, so that all stakeholders join hands to protect the mangrove forest. [Ben Fowler] cites the example of discouraging people from going into logging that directly impacts their own ability to earn a livelihood. "A key task will be to gain the trust of villagers themselves, bring them on board and empower them to develop their own strategies and community regulations," he says.
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