Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Natural Resources & Conflict Resolution Course
Elements to design public policies for conservation
September 20 to November 30, 2022
Learn about Human Dimensions within the context of public involvement, facilitation skills, strategic planning, conflict resolution and consensus building for successful resolution of human, wildlife and natural resource conflict challenges.
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The course is directed towards wildlife and natural resource conservation professionals (e.g., government, NGOs, students in biology, geography, environmental management, practitioners) who are dealing directly with research and/or programs on human-wildlife interactions, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, wildlife reintroduction, and trans-boundary cooperation building.
The course is also designed for those working with complex natural resource issues who are seeking an understanding on how to gain public support for stewardship activities (e.g., visitor management, designing effective communication strategies, interpretation messaging, developing fisheries and wildlife plans and strategies, etc.), and for those looking to gain skills on strategically planning a human dimensions project.
Human dimensions research is a broad field of exploring human-wildlife interactions by understanding attitudes, beliefs, values, behavioural intentions and behaviours. Such research can help managers understand public attitudes toward various species or habitats. In addition, HD can identify beliefs and explore specific weaknesses in the knowledge that are most directly linked to attitudes thus leading to targeted messaging and more effective education and communication campaigns. HD studies can focus on identifying types of conflict, the first step toward conflict resolution. Finally, HD researchers explore behavioural intention to support or oppose certain management actions, thus allowing managers to better understand the various interest group viewpoints and levels of support for proposed actions.
This intensive and interactive course will focus on the human dimensions of wildlife (HDW) management and more broadly how to work with people to achieve conservation. The course will cover the human dimension approach from a research perspective (theory, methods, and analysis), as well as the applied human dimension facilitated workshop approach developed by Dr. Bath. The goal is to give participants an understanding of HDW within the context of wildlife reintroduction, public involvement, facilitation skills, strategic planning, conflict resolution and consensus building for successful resolution of human, wildlife, and natural resource conflict challenges. The instructors will draw on their experience from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa to demonstrate the successful application of the human dimension approach and the interface between research and practice.