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Submitted by Barry Pendergrass on

I might speculate that less affluent communities could be more open to administrative and usage agreements to conserve or restore ecosystems because they are more directly dependent on local natural resources (in comparison with more affluent communities). If this is true then participatory learning about ecosystem functions and services would be more likely to be successful in lower income communities. In more affluent communities there is greater specialization and occupational diversity, therefore less knowledge of environmental services as well as less community agreement that conserving the ecosystem is a community priority. Too many members of affluent communities profit from over-exploitation of resources, or are too far removed from direct effects of exploitation to be concerned. In addition, with many non-resourced based jobs, affluent populations are more ignorant of ecological processes. Thanks so much for this post, and for working to help understand and conserve ecosystems.