Global biodiversity loss is influenced by complex and entwined social and environmental systems. Biodiversity conservation is a challenge requiring integrative approaches that seek wildlife and ecosystem conservation in concert with human wellbeing.
An Integrative Conservation approach helps to preserve biodiversity and cultural diversity. An integrative approach seeks to involve local communities in conservation interventions, and recognizes indigenous knowledge, worldviews, and rights as central to the conception, design, implementation, and efficacy of conservation projects.
Integrative Conservation is, as the name implies, highly interdisciplinary. It requires input from diverse cultural, intellectual, and environmental perspectives. It requires input across sectors, technologies, economies, and scales.
In collaboration with academic and conservation partners, the IIC has designed an entirely new curriculum for training the next generation of conservation leaders.
Aligning with the IIC curriculum, the IIC offers exceptional semester-long and year-long applied conservation research opportunities to W&M through our Conservation Research Program, a partnership with the W&M Charles Center. This program provides students with an opportunity to build and refine their research and professional skills, gain first-hand experience in conservation careers, and work with an interdisciplinary team to directly advance global conservation.