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Ethics and Conservation

November 15, 2018

Scientific and economic approaches are at the center of biodiversity conservation, while its ethical dimensions are often considered as given. Ethics as “rules of conduct” play an important role in nature conservation as it guides human behavior and our interaction with nature. Ethics as “relating to morals” is complex as historical, cultural and religious traditions often determine such standards. However, for communities and societies with strong spiritual and cultural connections to the natural environment, sustainable resource management practices are often an integral part of their traditions. Examples include church forests in Ethiopia, snow leopard conservation in China and sacred sites in many parts of the world. This virtual event will broadly explore ways to think about promoting a sense of ethics in conservation practice. The first talk focuses on the role of ethics in tackling wildlife crime and trafficking. The second talk showcases initiatives from India where ecological and ethical principles guides conservation action.

This virtual event is a part of a monthly series of webinars hosted by the Global Wildlife Program (GWP), a seven-year Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded program developed as a response to the growing crisis of illicit wildlife trade.

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