Communities and Conservation: A Detailed History and Path Forward

The Wolf Conservation Center hosted Dr. Aby Sène-Harper on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 5 pm ET for an informative discussion about the importance of community involvement in wildlife conservation. Dr. Sène-Harper detailed the history of conservation research and emphasized the need to work with oppressed communities to create a more inclusive approach to conservation planning.


Dr. Aby Sène-Harper is a faculty member in Parks and Conservation Area Management at Clemson University, South Carolina. Dr. Sène-Harper is a trained interdisciplinary environmental social scientist committed to advancing socially and ecologically just approaches to managing public lands, natural resources, and cultural heritage in both the US and Africa. Her research delves into the intersections of parks and protected area governance, livelihoods, nature-based tourism, and the relationship between Race and nature. For over a decade, Dr. Sène-Harper has collaborated closely with government agencies in the US and Africa, contributing to the formulation of integrated management plans for vital conservation areas of global significance, addressing the critical nexus of biodiversity and socio-economic development. With her extensive writings on the colonial structures of power in conservation, Dr. Sène-Harper has shed light on essential issues that demand our attention and action.

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