In a recent issue of Conservation Biology, Saberwal and Kothari (1996) call for developing countries to integrate human dimensions into conservation biology and wildlife management training. The authors bemoan the lack of social science courses in their curriculum as a consequence of patterning wildlife management training in developing countries from models in the West. They contend that the need is more acute in developing countries for training in the social aspects of conservation biology, given the increasing wildlifehuman conflicts and human dependence on natural resources in these countries. We argue that the need for human dimensions in conservation biology training as presented by Saberwal and Kothari extends to industrialized, âdevelopedâ countries as well. Granted, natural resource management differs among areas such as the United States, India, and Africa. Yet worldwide, humans influence and are affected by natural resource management issues. Whether the issue involves elephants raiding a farmerâs cassava fields in Cameroon or Florida residents voting down sugar taxes to restore the Everglades, conservation problems are people problems. As Teague (1979) states, âMost wildlife management problems start out as biological problems but eventually become people problems.â In reality, people are in the beginning, middle, and end of all
Conservation Biology – Wiley
Published: Apr 26, 1998
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