People and Society

The relationship between people and wildlife is complex and multifaceted, shaped by cultural, ecological, and socio-economic factors. Humans have coexisted with wildlife for millennia, relying on it for sustenance, cultural significance, and spiritual value. However, as human populations expand and alter landscapes, the impact on wildlife has become increasingly profound. Traditionally, people have hunted, fished, and gathered resources from the natural world, forging a symbiotic relationship with wildlife and wildlands. Indigenous cultures often maintain a deep connection to the environment, viewing wildlife as integral to their identity and survival. Yet, modernization, habitat destruction, and overexploitation have strained this equilibrium.

Conservation efforts aim to balance human needs with the preservation of biodiversity. Nevertheless, conflicts arise as urbanization encroaches on natural habitats, leading to habitat loss, fragmentation, and human-wildlife conflicts.Climate change further complicates the relationship, impacting both human and animal populations. Mitigating these challenges requires a holistic approach, involving sustainable practices, habitat restoration, and community engagement. Ultimately, achieving a harmonious relationship between people and wildlife necessitates recognizing the interdependence of ecosystems and fostering a sense of responsibility for the well-being of all living beings on our planet.

Our work is unpacking the biocultural and socio-ecological relationships between people and wildlife(lands). We are using a combination of science and storytelling to expound on this mutual relationship.

NatureWILD is redefining and reshaping the way we perceive the World, connecting the science of the WILD(ernesses) to real life stories and narratives of people and communities

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