Wildlife Law Awareness and Hunting in Belize

Urbina, Yahaira (2012) Wildlife Law Awareness and Hunting in Belize. Wildlife Conservtion Research Unit, Environmental Research Institute.

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    Abstract

    Wildlife laws are the foundation of conservation policies governing the public’s actions at a national level, and are instrumental for the development and management of conservation projects. This study presents the results of the first nation-wide survey in Belize assessing the level of wildlife law awareness and people’s level of involvement in hunting. We quantified the influence of demographic (age, gender, ethnic group) and socioeconomic (education, experience of conflict with wildlife, hunting and farming involvement, and ownership of wildlife as pets) factors on wildlife law awareness levels. Most respondents had moderate understanding of national wildlife laws, but were rarely able to identify the enforcing agency. Education was the only factor which explained the levels of wildlife law awareness. Hunting levels were higher in the rural areas of the Toledo, Cayo and Orange Walk districts. The findings of this study can guide government agencies in disseminating relevant wildlife law information in those communities most in need of it, hence serving as the base of a national campaign.

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      Publisher: Wildlife Conservtion Research Unit
      Keywords: Law, Wildlife Protection Act, Education, Questionnaire, Compliance, Awareness, Hunting
      Subjects: (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
      Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 22:34
      Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 22:34
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1665

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