About David Knight
David is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU, advised by Stuart Cottrell. His project will seek to evaluate and strengthen current linkages between public educators and local governments of coastal communities on Cebu Island, Philippines. He will build on current CSU partnerships with these communities and support the Coastal Conservation Education Foundation’s goal to improve sustainable livelihood opportunities through education. Seed money from the CCC fellowship will be used to develop an experiential learning program for local teachers, providing them with knowledge of current reef management and conservation practices both in their own communities and on neighboring islands where collaborative conservation efforts have proven successful. The municipality of Santander in southern Cebu is currently creating a sustainable development plan that integrates reef tourism, environmental stewardship, education, and sustainable livelihoods. David’s project will support the implementation of this plan by engaging community members, NGO’s, and local government representatives to evaluate how experiential education opportunities for teachers will benefit classroom instruction and thus support long-term sustainability goals.