Ecuadorian textiles. Photo Taken by Dr. Lyn Loveless, Wooster Summer in Ecuador Director.
On Campus: Spring 2014, Field Experience In Ecuador: July 15 - August 7, 2014
(note: Fall 2014 classes at The College of Wooster begin Aug 20, 2014)
Biological conservation is a global issue. The basic principles of conservation biology, which include protection of genetic diversity, species diversity, and ecosystem diversity, can be taught virtually anywhere; however, the pressure for effective conservation is especially intense in areas of the world whose native biological diversity is vast and still largely intact. Countries such as Ecuador are among the most diverse areas on earth, but also a location in which the competition for resources by a variety of stakeholders is most easily observed. In addition, in Ecuador, the inherent economic inequality of the population, and the high level of dependence that local, more traditional peoples place on raw natural resources, makes the issues of development, livelihood, economic growth, protection, and sustainability even more dramatic.
An appreciation of this cultural diversity, in concert with issues of sustaining biological diversity, will be essential in allowing students to tease apart the assumptions and power relationships that stakeholders bring to resource conflicts. To this end, both the cultural and the biological elements of Ecuador will be under scrutiny during the entire course.
More Information: Wooster in Ecuador
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