Involving local communities in nature conservation has became a major issue during the last twenty years. Community based natural resources management is the new paradigm of nature conservation for the 21th century in order to achieve the so called “sustainable development”. However, despite funds, human resources and new policies allocated, many studies showed that such approaches often failed to provide both biodiversity protection and social welfare. Nonetheless, the concept of community participation itself is only poorly defined. The absence of a stable, shared and common definition among stakeholders involved in biodiversity protection could be a first issue to tackle.
The aim of this study is to show what does community participation to nature protection mean for different stakeholders in the great apes conservation network. We will try to identify similarities and differences among protagonists regarding different factors such education, position, age or gender.
We offer a 6 months training position for a master student to conduct this study. More than 50 individual interviews have already been purchased. The student will complete this sample, conduct analysis and work on a publication for a peer reviewed journal.
We are looking for a student speaking fluently French and English with interest for quantitative and qualitative analysis. Background in environmental sciences and/or socio-linguistic is required.

Please send a CV and a motivation letter via email to both Ruppert Vimal and Tsegaye Gatiso.

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