Conservation Ninja Course on human-animal co-adaptation

Increasingly we are beginning to realize that in a country of a billion people, effective wildlife conservation requires a good knowledge of the human dimension. This aspect is rarely taught to us conservation practitioners and students but is extremely important for effective conservation outcomes.

Target audience

We would like to invite people who want to work in the field of human wildlife interactions, whichever career goal they might have in this field.

Dates: 23rd, 24th and 25th February 2018

For Tickets/ to book your seat/to check availability send an email to [email protected]

Location: Kudje, Near Kadakwasla , Pune, Maharashtra

What you will learn

• The recent advances in knowledge of how humans and wildlife share spaces.
• Reasons why humans and wildlife share spaces.
• Better understanding of the human dimension of the issue.
• How we need to identify and engage with important stakeholders in order to achieve positive conservation outcome.

Topics Addressed

What is conflict?

What is co-adaptation?

Case studies on human-wildlife interactions

Stakeholder analysis – Sculpting and mapping

Indian conservation scenario

Course Fee: ₹ 7000

(includes food and basic accommodation)

50% sponsorship will be provided to deserving participants


Niket Surve, Mrunal Ghosalkar, Vidya Athreya and Atul Borker

Some of the feedback from previous participants:

I found a new perspective of looking and reflecting about so many words which I hadn’t pondered over before. Some words include: Conflict, Tolerance, Stakeholders, Co-adaptation, Wildlife, Threat, Fear and Fascination.

The concept of co-habitation has only been relegated to pets, rodents, and small birds. Seeing how this can work with predators and large animals like elephants has been an eye-opener.

The concept of co-adaptation was introduced with a lot of groundwork of dispel notions of conflict. I think the workshop quietly but effectively introduces and shapes conservationists in a way that they will always approach ‘human-wildlife conflict’ with a lot more thought whenever they encounter it.

Earlier, I thought, when we go about solving conflict, a lot of work has to be done on improving the animal side of the conflict, but now I think that much of the work being done is with the humans in trying to change the perception of them rather than animals.

The most important learning for me was that CONFLICT does not necessarily have to be present. What we may perceive as conflict may be only a few/rare negative interactions in reality.

This workshop also validated and improved very vague ideas I already had – mainly regarding the importance of “perception” of conflict by various stakeholders.

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