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This meeting is the third in a series of four international conferences on Capacity Building for Conservation being organised by ERT Conservation, the Indian Herpetological Society and Pune University. Further information about the background to these meetings can be seen HERE. Information about the team members of the Indian Conference Committee can be seen HERE.
CONFERENCE WORKSHOP THEMES (further details here...)
Theme 1 - Developing and maintaining taxonomic skills in Asia
Theme 2 - Conservation science: building capacity to really use our species and habitat data for conservation action
Theme 3 - Learning from leaders: lessons in achieving organisational goals from five Asian conservation leaders
Theme 4 - Is it working: how can we evaluate the impact of our capacity building efforts?
Theme 5 - Developing a community of practice in Asia
Theme 6 - The conservation tool market: a day of FREE opportunities to try a wide range of capacity building tools and other conservation learning experiences
WHY THIS CONFERENCE IS NEEDED: conservation organisations and agencies in Asia are faced with a growing diversity of serious environmental issues. The long-term solutions to these problems will require actions to be implemented by strong organisations, individuals and communities with the skills, knowledge and information to undertake a range of technical and process-based activities. In response to previous regional capacity assessments, there are already a number of initiatives in Asia that are working to tackle the capacity building issue within conservation. However, this timely conference will provide the first truly pan-Asian opportunity to review existing capacity initiatives, exchange ideas, develop and enhance capacity networks, and formulate effective and lasting solutions to common capacity problems.
A REGIONAL APPROACH: in 2013, an international conference was held in Colombia (South America) to discuss capacity building for conservation. It became clear at that meeting that there are a number of key issues that are ‘universal’ across the entire conservation sector. However, the importance of
region-specific approaches was also recognised, and a second conservation capacity conference was held in Nairobi in 2015 to focus on issues within sub-Saharan Africa. The 2017 conservation capacity conference has been structured to address specific issues across the Asian region.
CONFERENCE STRUCTURE & PROCESS: the conference has been designed to promote innovative and creative thinking around key issues and to draw on the experience and participation of all conference attendees. Thematic sessions will be led by Asian organisations and begin with a small number of ‘invited’ talks, followed by facilitated workshops with specific tasks. The invited talks will act as ‘demonstration projects’ to bring out the core issues, barriers, problems and potential solutions. This will be achieved through structured and facilitated group discussions. One day of the meeting has also been set-aside to provide conference delegates with a range of free training events.