Communities, natural resources and governance
For conservation to succeed, local support is essential. Understanding the social and political context for conservation requires understanding of the ways in which conservation affects communities and how local communities can affect and benefit from conservation activities.
I can assess economic linkages between communities, natural resources and protected areas. I can facilitate the design of integrated conservation and development activities, support community based resource management, and facilitate participatory processes to engage communities in conservation and sustainable resource use.
I can design and lead questionnaire-based socio-economic surveys, participatory rural appraisals and qualitative cultural assessments. I can use data to inform conservation and development initiatives.