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Namibia Field Methods for Conservation and Eco-Tourism Module

8 January 2020

Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies Masters students are now able to take an exciting new field methods module on conservation and eco-tourism.

Open to students on the MSc in Conservation Studies and MSc in International Development Practice, the module centres on a week-long residential visit, which is hosted in partnership with the AfriCat Foundation. During the residential week, students will be based at the Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia applying field skills and data analysis techniques. They will learn about AfriCat’s work to ensure the long-term survival of Namibia’s large carnivores and the place of eco-tourism in conservation and international development. St Andrews students will also work with students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology and, at the end of the week, students from both universities will present joint reports on their work.

The first students to take the module will head to Namibia in March and the module will then be available to Masters students joining these programmes from September 2020 onwards.

Module Coordinator, Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward, is looking forward to welcoming students to Okonjima. “I have been working in Namibia for a number of years and it is a fantastic place for Masters students to learn more about conservation practice and to develop their data collection and analytical skills. The partnership with AfriCat allows students to place that learning within a wider context and to consider how conservation relates to eco-tourism and broader questions about sustainability and development. I am particularly excited that students from St Andrews will also be able to work with students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology”.

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