At The Fuller Symposium, Behavioral Science Takes Center Stage

On Dec. 4, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the National Geographic Society hosted the annual WWF Fuller Symposium, a day-long event highlighting key challenges and opportunities in conservation science. This year’s symposium focused specifically on the emerging use of behavioral science in conservation. Throughout the day, speakers shared insights on how behavioral science could be used to connect broad audiences to important issues in species and habitat conservation as well as to increase the adoption of conservation practices around the globe.

Speakers in the morning session, including Sarilani Wirawan, implementation director for the Indonesia Program at the global conservation organization Rare, highlighted the importance of incorporating behavioral insights into community outreach in order to increase the implementation of conservation practices. Wirawan underscored this point by walking the audience through Rare’s efforts to sustainably manage fisheries in Indonesia by working with local communities to develop plans to transition from open-access fisheries to a managed-access system. Her takeaway from this effort was that:

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