Master of Natural Resources students with children from Delhi slums

Can Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation Overlap in India?

Last month, in January, a group of CLiGS graduate students spent ten days in Uttarakhand, India, to conduct a cross-sector assessment of sustainable livelihood programs in the western Terai-Arc Tiger Conservation Landscape, using tiger conservation as a framework for their International Field Experience (IFE) project. (more…)

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Partnering Across Sectors to Reduce Amazon Deforestation

The worlds’ landscape is constantly changing. Those who live in suburbs of thriving metropolitan cities might see their neighborhoods get built up seemingly overnight, while other changes might take decades or centuries or can only be seen on a global scale. No matter the development or challenge at hand, collaboration is key to achieving direction, alignment and commitment towards generating innovative solutions to complex problems. (more…)

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Chris Cook Switches Direction – New Position as Sustainability Director

In the years leading up to his enrollment in a masters program, Chris Cook was looking for something new; a change that would provide ways for him to make an impact on his future and his community. This led him to pursue the XMNR program in 2012, where he learned “that being a change agent would probably mean doing something different and potentially risky.” (more…)

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Trust Theory in Natural Resource Management

“To address our rapidly changing climate, resource conditions, and social needs, we need to innovate. This works best when diverse groups aren’t afraid to work together and share their diverse talents, ideas, and networks,” says Marc Stern, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). (more…)

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The Mutual Benefits of Managed Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas

Overfishing is becoming a focus-issue among marine conservationists in light of food security challenges and economic trends. Zach Hoffman, a Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student and Global Programs Coordinator at Rare, recently co-authored an article titled Marine protected areas and fisheries: bridging the divide published in a special edition of the journal Aquatic Conservation. The article highlights the challenges caused by overfishing and submits recommendations on how fisheries and marine protected areas, two areas of the ocean that are frequently perceived to be in conflict with one another, can be mutually beneficial when designed and managed effectively. (more…)


Partnering for Water

Water is an essential resource to our well-being with innumerable economic, social and environmental benefits. Urban waterways affect immense subsets of the population in the contiguous upstream and downstream communities by providing educational, social and recreational opportunities. They are at the centerpiece of many local businesses and often serve as drinking water sources. Unfortunately, urban waterways are also at a greater risk for pollution due to stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roads and parking lots, and industrial sources. (more…)