Indonesia: Community Nature Conservation in Bali

Examine resource-use patterns and community-based conservation initiatives on the extraordinary island of Bali.

offered by SIT Study Abroad

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Please visit our website for more information. The program examines myriad approaches to conserva­tion but places particular emphasis on locally initiated conservation strategies. Students can expect to experience and scrutinize the grassroots activities underway within Bali, for example, by assessing the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the Bali Myna Reintroduction Project. The program begins and ends in Bedulu village, where students have the initial program orientation, introductory language and seminar classes, and a three-night homestay with a local family. The program returns to Bedulu for five nights at the end of the program for final evaluation sessions, project presentations, and completion of all coursework. Program key features—at a glance: Investigate the ecological context to conservation in a high-diversity tropical environment. Conduct field research and acquire field skills in biological inventory and ecological monitoring. Examine community outreach programs integrating habitat restoration, food security, and endangered species management. Study the social and cultural contexts to natural resources management in Bali. Engage with Balinese faculty, students, and local residents and learn in a variety of locations on mainland Bali and Nusa Penida Island. Receive lessons in introductory Bahasa Indonesia and practice your language skills with local residents. Construct a framework for assessing environmental impacts of human activities. Compare ecotourism with other forms of natural resource use in terms of economic and educational values, social costs and benefits, and environmental impacts. Analyze public, private, and community-based approaches to conservation.


  • Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Management Systems / Policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biology (General)
  • Ecology


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