This course provides comprehension of the fundamental concepts of natural resources, conservation and development. Students will be exposed to the basic principles of natural resources in our Central America and the Caribbean, a general description of how these are being used and particularly on the ecological impacts of human activities that have been created with the use of natural resources. At the end of each topic, discussions will be provided on the possible solutions to the many self-imposed dilemmas we have created. We will focus on local examples of human/ecosystem relationships, examine development issues and propose ways that we may achieve more balanced lifestyles that respect the ecological structure, function and dynamics of Earth’s ecosystems for a sustainable future on natural resource use. Important units will be conservation and alternatives to renewable resources and pollution prevention.