I have a certificate which is translated into English. It says that I am specialised in Nature Protection.

I am wondering.. isn't Nature Conservation a better choice to use in a Certificate?

> Thank you for the answers!

  • Yes, Nature Conservation is a better collocation. With "protection" we tend to use "environmental protection".
    – Gustavson
    Jan 9, 2019 at 21:09

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"Conservation" by itself automatically implies the conservation of natural resources. For example, the state of California in the United States has a department called the California Conservation Corps, a government-sponsored program that sponsors a year of paid service for young people to work on various environmental projects.

Still, for an official certificate it's better to be reasonably specific, so Natural Conservation is on the right track, although I would recommend Natural Resource Conservation as the more idiomatic option.

[Edit] Nature Conservation works as well. It's a matter of opinion which of the two is better.

Harvard actually offers a certificate in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems, which is more wordy but also more clearly defines the scope of the certification.

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    I think "Nature Conservation" would be better than "Natural Conservation." "Natural Conservation" sounds like conservation that occurs without human intervention.
    – Tashus
    Jan 9, 2019 at 21:29
  • @Tashus Harvard offers a certificate in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems so either seems fine to me.
    – Andrew
    Jan 9, 2019 at 21:35
  • There "natural" is part of "natural resource". The degree relates to the management of natural resources, not to the natural management of resources. Likewise "natural resource conservation" would be a good synonym. However, "natural conservation" implies that the conservation itself is natural.
    – Tashus
    Jan 9, 2019 at 21:37
  • @Tashus Sure, we can quibble until the cows come home -- but in the context of a certificate titled "Natural Conservation", awarded to a human being, the intended meaning is obvious.
    – Andrew
    Jan 9, 2019 at 21:39
  • The intended meaning may be obvious, but the word choice is odd. It really should be "Nature Conservation" to mean "conservation of nature" with "nature" being a noun adjunct. "Natural Conservation" means "conservation that is natural". I'm happy to make an alternate answer if you don't agree, but I think the rest of your answer is great.
    – Tashus
    Jan 9, 2019 at 21:42

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