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People and Conservation

Introduction to Community Development and Conservation

Course Outcome

Address community development in a conservation environment to the benefit of all stakeholders involved.

Learning outcomes for this course

At the completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and compare different types of community participation approaches from a nature conservation and co-ownership and management perspective.
  • Identify and evaluate different types of human-wildlife conflict situations and describe possible solutions to address such conflict situations.
  • Use and apply conflict resolution approaches to address community development and conservation issues as it applies to own area of operation.
  • Use and apply the principles of an integrated approach to enable effective operational approaches to community development and the management of wildlife areas.


Strategic Areas Covered

  • Introduction – Ecosystems
  • Understanding the concept of sustainability
  • Understanding the concept of environment
  • Understanding the concept of community development
  • Understanding the concept of participation
  • People and conservation
  • Protected areas outreach
  • Collaborative management
  • Community based natural resource management (CBNRM)
  • Basic skills


Who can attend?

This course is suitable for natural resource managers and people working with community based conservation agencies. Applicants must have knowledge, comprehension and application of English.



This course is a NQF level 5 course and is institutionally accredited by the Southern African Wildlife College.


Course Duration

5 days


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