In-stream training for professionals presents considerable challenges – busy individuals with a high-level of responsibility often have limited time and access to practical courses tailored to their roles. In addition, they may not have a formal academic background or experience that matches the demands of their job.
Frequently, the training that these individuals have received with respect to conservation is narrow (a single theme, problem, or tool) resulting in a fragmented knowledge base that has gaps and lacks an overarching framework that can contextualize new learning.
In the face of these challenges, OTS’ emphasis is to provide “fundamentals” training –a broad and consistent framework that situates an individual’s existing training and provides the basis for future training, self-directed learning, and analysis.
Protected Areas Managers: Two four-week field courses on fundamentals of protected area management will be delivered in Peru for Peruvians and nationals of other Andean countries. These courses respond to a need identified by OTS and in-country partners for a comprehensive training opportunity that integrates key principles, approaches, and tools in a single coherent course to establish a solid baseline of knowledge. Participants will be protected areas managers/directors/chiefs – that is, individuals with a mid to high level of responsibility for directing the development of strategies/plans through to day-to-day management of a protected area. Courses are planned for May and July, 2005.
Decision Makers: Two short courses (4-5 days) for key Brazilian and Peruvian decision makers (e.g., legislative advisors, government agency managers) will be held in 2005. The focus of these courses is a science-based mix of awareness of biodiversity’s value, clarification of issues related to conservation and management, and a survey of best-practices adopted in other jurisdictions that aim at achieving conservation in the context on-going development needs.
Trainers : OTS’ objective is to share its experience and expertise with in-country institutions with responsibility and interest in the training of protected areas managers and decision makers in furtherance of biodiversity conservation.
Trainer candidates from institutions in Andean countries and Brazil will take part in a dedicated course focused on the exchange of experience and the fundamentals of course conception, design, planning, and delivery for protected areas. Participants will also take part directly in OTS protected areas training courses as a practicum of the trainers course and an opportunity to update their knowledge on protected areas management.
For more information on these and other initiatives of OTS’ Environmental Science and Policy program contact Dr. Andrew Chek.
See the Andes-Amazon Initiative Scholarships & Courses site for information on related capacity building efforts supported by this program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation