A university study program in natural resource management, conservation and human development Four weeks of field experience in Nepal.
Nepal is rich in both natural and cultural diversity. The great range of altitude from the lowland plains of the terai to the high peaks of the Himalaya has produced an unparalleled diversity of habitats from tropical forests in the south to alpine grasslands in the north, supporting a tremendous variety of flora and fauna. This includes many species that are globally threatened such as the Tiger, Snow Leopard, Indian Rhinoceros and Gharial. This great biological diversity is matched by an equal richness of human cultures with many quite distinct ethnic groups of diverse origins occupying different parts of the country, each adapted to the particular natural environment of their area.
This study program explores Nepal's natural environments and human cultures with a primary focus on the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. The program examines ways by which long-term conservation objectives can be achieved and maintained while at the same time enabling the quality of life of the human population in and around protected areas to improve and develop.