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To calculate long-term conservation pay off, factor in people
January 30, 2014
Paying people to protect their natural environment is a popular conservation tool around the world--but figuring out that return on investment, for both people and nature, is a thorny problem, especially since such efforts typically stretch on for years. Now, reseachers have developed a new way to evaluate and model the long-term effectiveness of conservation investments.
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