What are Human-Dimensions?
Wildlife issues are complex. While human behavior may contribute to conflict with wildlife, people are also key to meaningful conservation and management actions. Such conservation efforts require a comprehensive understanding not only of ecology and wildlife biology, but also of policy, socioeconomic factors, cultural and social values, and other dimensions of human behavior.
The Human-Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation (HD) Unit is a collaborative program conducting interdisciplinary research to better manage California’s natural resources within the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). HD research investigates the role that people play in wildlife management and conservation, actions and decision-making, using comprehensive social and environmental sciences.
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