Presenting work in Petropavlovsk to local people & groups

Published: 02 June 2016
Last edited: 19 October 2016
We presented our work in the local schools and community centres through talks and slides, and we were interviewed by local newspapers to explain our work and gain support within the community. We also offered to talk about our work on tourist ships. Outreach is an important part of gaining community support among local people, including researchers, fishers, and of course media. The rationale is that without their support, marine habitat protection will be less likely to be respected.

Classifications

Category
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

Openness of some schools and tourist ship companies to allow us to present.

Lessons learned

The ability to communicate scientific information to the public, as well as persistence, is needed to get messages across. Knowledge about whales, dolphins and the marine environment is limited and the idea of marine protection is new to many.

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