Arnab Bose, a Nature’s Foster officer, coordinates the Golden Langur Conservation Project in Assam, India. Beginning in 1998, he became interested in involving communities in conserving Assam’s forest and wildlife. Now, with 12 years as an expert community organizer, Bose is teaching others, including rural villagers, how to do community conservation.

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In the mideighties, seven villages in the Belizean rainforest pledged to conserve their lands for the region’s endangered black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra). The agreement was unprecedented and sparked the creation of the first community-led conservation project in Belize. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of similar projects around the …

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