Humanitarian Law and Human Rights with an emphasis on Conservation issues

Course ID
Protected Area Integrity
Various instructors
Campus, Online
5 days

The Southern African Wildlife College offers organisations and or private businesses the opportunity to enrol their staff for training in any of our short courses on the basis of ten people attending as a minimum requirement. Training can take place at the SAWC, via online format, or on-site at a location preferred and provided by the client. Courses can be tailored according to the specific needs of the organisation. Many short courses are offered in an online or blended-learning format for distance learners.


Students will have an understanding of Human Rights and how it is applicable in Nature Conservation and Protected Area Management.

All conservation staff, from managers to rangers (game scouts, wildlife police officers, fisheries officers) need to be aware of their responsibilities and rights in respect of international human rights charters and the national legislation of the country in which they are working. They are vulnerable to committing rights violations due to working in conflict zones, being armed, separated from their families and working far from direct supervision, and not least to the stress related to dealing with antagonistic communities.

It is therefore important to develop a strong culture of respect for human rights within conservation organisations, parks and project interventions.

Suitable for:

Appropriate to managers fulfilling a law enforcement function as well as field rangers.