Biodiversity, Natural Resources, and Conflict

Biodiversity, Natural Resources, and Conflict




Summary: This course focuses on understanding and managing natural resource-based conflicts with a particular eye toward biodiversity.  The target audience is graduate students who are conservation scientists, environmental policymakers, rural development specialists, political ecologists, and conflict/peace workers.


Topics covered: causes and nature of environmental conflicts; impacts of conflict on environmental conditions; the environment’s role in generating conflict; land, protected areas, and human-wildlife conflict; biodiversity conservation during and after overt social conflict; methods of analyzing natural conflicts about natural resources; managing and mitigating environmental conflicts; the conservation scientist’s role in environmental conflicts; managing and mitigating environmental conflicts.


Methodology: simulation of a community-based biodiversity conflict scenario; case study (including conflict analysis, potential impacts on environmental conservation, tools and approaches to understand and manage the conflict, ethical and political implications) with associated benchmark reports.