Potential of the Human Dimensions Approach: From Asia to the Wider World
Wildlife issues are often said to be global/international issues, and wildlife professionals require a global understanding of these challenges. This chapter first explains the potential of the human dimensions approach in solving human-wildlife conflicts, both in Asia and worldwide. Issues facing Japan such as aging and depopulation will soon be issues that many countries around the world will be forced to address. Studying how human dimensions research could mitigate human-wildlife conflicts in Japan and Asia may hence bear insights that may be applicable elsewhere. In that sense, Japan and other Asian countries could become model cases for introducing human dimensions approaches into wider management strategies aimed at solving human-wildlife conflicts. The second part of the chapter introduces case studies in which the human dimensions approach was used for research into participatory coastal management. The concept of “citizen science” is also introduced, including an explanation of how it could potentially be utilized for better community-based wildlife management.
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