What Is “Human Dimensions”?
Human dimensions of wildlife management (HDW) is an academic discipline founded and developed in the USA. HDW could be explained simply as a practical science for implementing wildlife management utilizing a social science approach. HDW aims to realize effective wildlife management practices by reflecting the needs and opinions of citizens and stakeholders into the adopted policies. The significance of HDW is that it enables managers to increase fairness, balance, and legitimacy in the decision-making process by including stakeholder’ needs and opinions. HDW has begun to be recognized outside of North America, particularly in Europe and Africa; however, it remains a relatively new field, struggling to be accepted as an academic discipline. Meanwhile, HDW is currently not well known in many Asian countries. I establish here the importance of adopting these methods in Asian countries and the reasons behind their hesitancy for doing so.
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