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Mapping for Change: Leveraging ArcGIS Tools to Increase Local Knowledge of Marine Protected Areas in the Honduran Bay Islands.


This document provides a brief report of activities conducted for a final capstone project in Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Master of Advanced Studies graduate degree program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. The project leverages Geographic Information System tools to facilitate community engagement with local marine protected areas in the Honduran Bay Islands, and included a three-week visit to the field site to train and educate local stakeholders using the tools that were created. The following report will be divided into a brief introduction, summaries of the activities and methodology utilized prior to the field visit, activities conducted during the three-week field visit, and then final recommendations and future prospects for the project. It will also link to all products and materials created as part of this project, which have been made freely available for public use in local environmental education initiatives.

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