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Influencing Policy

Research undertaken in SLS is providing robust scientific evidence to inform decisions made by policy-makers in areas such as conservation, agriculture, animal welfare, and human health.


Conserving marine environments
Coral reefs are the world’s most biodiverse and productive marine system, providing food and coastal protection to millions. Researchers from the University of Warwick have co-ordinated new approaches to coral reef conservation, restoration and management in the British Indian Ocean Territory, providing the basis for the UK Government’s declaration of a strictly enforced ‘no-take’ Marine Protected Area (MPA). This is the world’s largest strictly protected MPA, and is a major step forward for marine conservation and food security in a region that has undergone massive decline in ecological integrity and its ability to produce protein for many of the world’s poorest countries.