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Training the New Conservationist: Cross-disciplinary Education in the 1990s

  • Susan K. Jacobson (a1) and John G. Robinson (a2) (a3)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892900032768
  • Published online: 01 August 2009
Abstract

The need for an integrated approach to ecological conservation and natural resource development is becoming widely recognized as environmental and social problems become more and more acute with human population pressures and depletion of resources. While a number of academic programmes addressing environmental problems have been operating for several decades, comprehensive approaches that integrate conservation with development issues are only just beginning to occur. These innovative, cross-disciplinary problem-solving approaches still face a number of traditional constraints to successful programme development. Obstacles occur in every major aspect of academia — including structure, communication, reward systems, research, curriculum, and evaluation.

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