Conservation Psychology

Conservation Psychology(CP) is the scientific study of the reciprocal relationships between humans and the rest of nature, with a particular focus on how to encourage conservation of the natural world. CP is an applied field that uses psychological principles, theories, or methods to understand and solve issues related to human aspects of conservation. (from Conservation

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