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Fall 2021
Dec 11,2023
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This course provides students with an immersive experience with the people and ecology ofthc Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon, which has one ofthe highest levels of biodiversity on earth. As a highly interdisciplinary course, students engage with a wide variety of communities, professionals, ecosystems and topics. An underlying principle of the course is that students benefit from the diverse perspectives and expertise ofthe instructors, resource people and each other. The first nine days of the course take place at Ramapo College ofNew Jersey, where students gain extensive background about the ecology, culture, language, community structure, livelihoods, and economics in Madre de Dios. Subsequently, a three-week trip to Peru combines field excursions to communities and other sites along the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers with lectures, discussions and independent projects designed for each student to explore her/his own specific interests in close consultation with the instructors. Topics include Amazonian ecology, ecological culture in indigenous communities, community governance, perspectives of diverse stakeholders, ecosystem services, supply chains, sustainable development, ecotourism and subsistence and market-oriented, organic agriculture, forestry, and natural resource management as practiced by small landholders.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Interdisciplinary Studies Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     


General Requirements:
Course or Test: ENSC 209
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )

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