It is Keep It Clean Day! The area that really could do with a good cleanup is our ocean and beaches. Large research studies now focus on the ‘plastic soup’, and local initiatives are equally encouraging. In Dutch we even have a new word: Grondstofjutten.
What determines the failure or success of community-conserved projects that try to combine biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction? Lien Vermeersch wrote her MA thesis on fish sanctuaries in the Philippines and won the Speckmann Prize 2015.
Anthropologists study difference: We go to other places to examine how, and why, people do things differently. However, the insights of these studies do not only teach us about other places and peoples - they can also shine a light upon our own society