Pouring Libation at the Entrance to the Sacred Grove
Photo: © J. Decher 1991
interdisciplinary course is about the interface of conservation and
sustainable, or community development in Africa.
We will discuss past and present biocentric and more anthropocentric approaches to conservation and their successes and failures in Africa, and the divergence between objectives of large international conservation organizations and local needs.
What does it means to protect nature for people who face constant economic and educational constraints, or outright poverty?
There will be at least one guest speaker from a conservation or development project in Africa.
This course was originally intended to prepare students for a future Faculty-led Program Abroad to West Africa. I am currently looking into the possibilty of visiting conservation & development sites in Sierra Leone with a small group of students.