Please note that the Duke Study Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see http://globaled.duke.edu/finances/study-abroad-fee.
Examine issues of natural resource management and poverty in this densely populated archipelago of more than 50 islands. Once the thriving hub of the East African caravan trade, Zanzibar today depends on natural resources for its very survival. Yet basic economic activities threaten fragile local ecosystems like coastal forests and coral reefs, and vulnerable fauna like flying foxes and whale sharks. Participants explore conservation practice through dialogue with ecologists, policymakers, and communities struggling to balance livelihoods with sustainability in a resource-poor setting.
Based in Zanzibar's Stone Town at the Institute of Marine Science, the program includes excursions throughout the Zanzibar and Mafia archipelagos and along the mainland coast. Lectures and visits to protected areas highlight the complex dynamics of local ecosystems. Additional excursions challenge students to reframe notions of sustainability and "overpopulation" in light of the factors driving environmental degradation.