Career option in Habitat Management
By Ranjan K Baruah
We have published different articles related to conservation and management of natural resources. In today’s edition we shall publish about habitat management or conservation as the habitat is important for every living being on earth be it flora or fauna. The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our habitats, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. In 1985 the United Nations designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year the day is observed on 4th October.
The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world. The theme recognizes that cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions. Events and activities during World Habitat Day will explore how national, regional and local governments and organizations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders can work together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.
When it comes to habitat then terms that come to our mind include forests, coast and marines, grasslands, farmlands, mountains, freshwater rivers or lakes, urban cities and towns, etc. We must understand the importance of all habitats as that would give us an idea to choose a career in this field. As we have seen climate change as the most serious concern, we can think of activities related to habitat management which also helps us in combating climate change.
There are courses related to habitat management but there are courses which can be opted by aspirants if they want to work in the field of habitat management.
Habitat management is mostly about land management. In this career option students learn how to analyze and manage the complex ecology of an area for multi-species habitat in the face of disturbance and multiple uses. Aspirants may study life sciences, geography, soil science, ecology, eco restoration, etc. People from science backgrounds are eligible to take up special courses. There are few short-term courses which are allowed for students from other streams apart from science.
There are many agencies around the world working in the field of habitat restoration or management. When we mention habitat restoration it also means an opportunity to work for the wildlife or other flora and fauna which are important for our bio diversity.
This year’s Habitat Day’s theme brings more opportunity for urban planners who can plan in such a way that carbon footprint is minimised. Carbon-free world is a challenge but it needs innovation to make it happen where aspirants from engineering or technical background may take opportunity.
Working for habitat management to make our habitat carbon free is a new area which needs to be explored as this will ensure sustainable development for us. As these are new areas of working, we need to explore more about it and we can work for different international agencies or nongovernmental organisations. There are few short-term online courses which give an idea about these new areas of work.
(The author is a career mentor and skill trainer and can be reached at 8473943734 or [email protected])