Warner College of Natural Resources

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

For more than a century Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) has played a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the understanding and management of the world’s natural resources. Within the college, the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment.

Faculty in the WCNR at CSU pioneered efforts in the study and application of human dimensions of natural resources (HDNR) in the early 1970’s and by 1992 they established a “Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit” which is now the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department.

The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.The Department offers an MS and a PhD in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Four concentrations are offered in the undergraduate program: Protected Areas Management, Global Tourism, Natural Resource Tourism and Environmental Communication. The department is one of seven programs in the United States that offers a comprehensive bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral program. It also:

  • Houses the Center for Protected Area Management and Training which provides technical assistance, training, and research opportunities for protected area managers and students in over 25 countries from Latin America
  • Houses the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit which is currently conducting research to examine: wildlife values in the Western US; public acceptability of wild land fire management; effects of chronic wasting disease on hunter participation; sustainable development in Europe’s protected areas; and carrying capacity in Yosemite National Park.
  • Operates the 212-acre Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins that provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct fieldwork, experiential education, and research and serves more than 3,200 people annually.
  • Is home of the innovative new interdisciplinary educational program known as Conservation Leadership Through Learning.
Cheetah conservation fund

Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. CCF’s conservation programming is rooted in scientific research. CCF maintains a research program on the biology, ecology and genetics of cheetahs that publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals annually, and currently operates the only fully-equipped genetics lab at an in-situ conservation facility in Africa.

Using this research as an underpinning, CCF has created a set of integrated programs that together address the threats both to the cheetah and its entire ecosystem, including human populations. CCF operates from the principal that only by securing the future of the communities that live alongside the cheetah can you secure a future for the cheetah.

Founded in Namibia in 1990 by Dr. Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. CCF is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.

The vast majority of wild cheetahs are outside protected areas, in areas populated by humans. Saving this magnificent animal from extinction requires innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both cheetah and human populations over large landscapes. CCF has developed a set of integrated programs that work together to achieve this objective. CCF’s programs have effectively stabilized and even increased the wild cheetah population in Namibia.

CCF’s mission is to be the internationally recognized center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.

CCF is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Namibia, with operations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and partner organizations in several other nations.


The Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN) is a nonprofit organization composed of individuals and organizations that promote and support the long-term conservation of healthy populations of free-ranging large carnivores in Namibia.

Main Objectives:

  • To promote an understanding of large carnivores, their biology, ecology, roles and values in ecosystems, interactions with people (and their production systems), and conservation requirements
  • To serve as a national body of expertise and as a point of reference for all matters concerning large carnivores, including legal, policy, management, research and related issues
  • To advocacy for and on behalf of large carnivore conservation, to ensure that sound research-based information and management is applied, as well as ethical practices in all aspects of large carnivore management, conservation, research, reintroduction’s, housing, utilization and related issues
  • To establish sound and acceptable principles and procedures for the holding of captive large carnivores
  • To facilitate and encourage the co-ordination of large carnivore conservation, research and management in Namibia

The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) is Namibia’s leading, conservation and sustainable development, non-governmental organisation, contributing to a wide range of programs through core technical specialisms and expertise in financial and project management.

The NNF promotes sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources for the benefit of all Namibian’s both present and future. The NNF envisages a sustainable Namibia both in terms of its people and the land upon which it develops.

Main Objectives:

  • Initiate, support and promote activities that conserve Namibia’s environment, protect biological diversity and foster the sustainable and ethical use of natural resources
  • Support and promote initiatives that strengthen Namibian institutions to better understand and manage natural resources
  • Raise funds for conservation and environmental initiatives, in support of the mission statement
  • Administer and manage funds for partners, donors, private sector, government, communities and project implementers
  • Plan, develop, implement and manage selected projects and programmes, in support of the mission, with an emphasis on integrated, sustainable development
  • Encourage and support sustainable community-based natural resource management initiatives
  • Initiate and support activities that promote more effective and efficient use of resources, particularly where management of resources is devolved to the appropriate level and where local groups have identified good initiatives that could make a real difference
  • Help strengthen natural resource institutions in ways that help them better understand and sustainably manage natural resources
  • Cooperate and foster partnerships with other organisations – government, NGO, private sector, community and donor – to better promote sustainable development; and
  • Raise awareness, promote and support environmental education and help build capacity in the fields of renewable natural resources and sustainable development.