Recent decades have seen a dramatic change in the landscape of much of the tropics, and many other parts of the worlds wilderness regions. Pressures of a growing global population, combined with changing patterns of consumption have led to an exponential growth in human demands for various commodities and demands for more energy intensive food.
As a result the worlds ecosystems have suffered with a significant loss and degradation of many of the worlds most biodiverse areas. Developing appropriate and practicable approaches to conservation have never been so important, yet developing such approaches requires a holistic understanding of not only the natural world, but also political and social systems. Here, over the course of 6 days we explore these topics and allow our students to develop conservation approaches which transcend the academic realm to understanding how this knowledge might be practicably integrated into workable approaches to conservation.
Each afternoon tasks will be set to allow students to develop these techniques under supervision, guidance and support. This will include the “fieldtrip” day-when students will be set group tasks to conduct whilst on their fieldtrips. Students will be asked to try to arrive by 1pm on the first day, to allow sessions to start (due to the formal opening the following morning).