NATURE AND CULTURE
ENERGY AND CLIMATE
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
CONSERVATION
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (EMS)
E&E ENGINEERING


Nature and Animal Conservation
The planet’s human population increases daily by more than 200,000 people. This exerts severe and intensifying pressure on finite natural resources throughout the world. The resulting environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climatic backlash devastates nature and impacts human well-being. The mission of the Centre is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through scientific study. Our research is intended to be used to advise environmental policy makers . The need for this effort is greater than ever. Part of the European network for nature and biodiversity [ec.europa.eu/environment/nature], we believe this work is pioneering, interdisciplinary and underpins solutions to conservation problems through primary scientific research of the highest calibre. We support the actions of NGOs like the African Wildlife Foundation [awf.org], Global Wildlife Conservation [globalwildlife.org], World Wildlife Foundation [wwf.org] and
Wildlife Conservation Network [wildnet.org]. Our approach is empirical, interdisciplinary and collaborative, seeking to include elements that better understand and address conservation problems, education to explain it, community involvement to ensure participation and acceptance and implementation of long-term solutions.

Environmental Advocacy

Advocacy is working to influence public policy in social, economic, political, and cultural spheres in order to bring about justice and positive change in human rights and environmental issues. Environmental Advocacy involves both protecting the public from environmental hazards and protecting the natural world. Advocates organise a group around a cause and work to implement changes that have a lasting and positive effect. Environmental organisations strives to have the same professional skills as private and government organisations in order to be more effective environmental advocates. At the Centre, we work with well-qualified leaders from government to local grass-roots levels. The Centre's experience and expertise has made transformed much of our outlook as environmental advocates, promoting a strong commitment to social justice and environmental policy reform.

Ecotourism
Ecotourism is now defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015). Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests. The principles of ecotourism are about uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel. The Centre supports, in accordance with TIES, those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities to adopt the following ecotourism principles:
   ▪ minimise physical, social, behavioural and psychological impacts
   ▪ build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
   ▪ provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
   ▪ provide direct financial benefits for conservation
   ▪ generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry
   ▪ deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries'
     political, environmental and social climates
   ▪ design, construct and operate low-impact facilities
   ▪ recognise the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in the community and work in
     partnership with them to create empowerment.
The Centre has been developing ecotourism approaches and, in particular, has concentrated its efforts in the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.
RESEARCH
SUSTAINABILITY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY ENVIRONMENT
     NATURE AND CULTURE
     ENERGY AND CLIMATE
     RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
     CONSERVATION
     ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
     EMS

     E&E ENGINEERING INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETAL STUDIES
INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION






CONSERVATION PLANNING ON A REGIONAL SCALE





ESTIMATES OF WINTER AND SUMMER SPECIES RICHNESS (2000-2009) OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS (Distler et al., 2015)