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Poverty and Reefs

4. Interventions

4.1 Introduction

In response to changes in reef benefits, international, national and local institutions and organisations have tried a variety of strategies to deal with the problems. These include: integrated processes that unite sector agencies, protected areas, participatory approaches that involve communities, generating alternative livelihoods, and a diversity of tools for better understanding reefs and informing policies. In the main, the approaches have been implemented by agencies that start from a biophysical perspective and mainly operate with biophysical skills. The aim of many of the interventions has been primarily towards the sustainability of the reef with less emphasis on the livelihoods of reef-dependent communities and this should be borne in mind when reading this Chapter.
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