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Ecology Seminar Series

Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Lewis Hall, 304

David Melick, Research Affiliate, Bishop Museum, Hawaii , and Consultant, United Nations Development Program will present "Money versus science - the politics and efficacy of international conservation planning: experiences from Papua New Guinea and China" at 3:30 pm in 304 Lewis Hall. 

ABSTRACT: Globally, conservation efficacy is determined by the coverage of protected areas and monitoring of biodiversity. Consequently, the establishment of protected areas continues to receive the most emphasis from donors, non-government organizations and governments. However, this approach may not be culturally or technically appropriate for developing countries where large scale conservation approaches have generally failed to deliver benefits and ignored political and social realities.

These conservation programs can waste resources and even retard the development of sustainable conservation approaches. Therefore, does the western conservation paradigm now do more harm than good in developing countries? If so, is this relevant to conservation training needs today?

Skills taught in ecological theory, biodiversity monitoring and assessment are certainly important; but, knowledge of project and fiscal management, social and political ecology, and effective donor relations are highly desirable skills which are generally lacking in many ecological science graduates. 

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To request disability accommodations or inform us of other special needs, please contact Judy Van Andel, 310 Lewis Hall, MSU, 994-2911.