IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group Training for Effective Conservation Translocations
“Conservation through intervention is now common, but with increasing evidence and appreciation of the risks. Consequently, any conservation translocation must be justified, with development of clear objectives, identification and assessment of risks, and with measures of performance.”
IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and other Conservation Translocations (2013)
In addition to the full conference, there will be a four day pre-conference workshop, November 10-13, 2018, which will provide 35 reintroduction biologists and managers with focused training by seven international leaders in conservation translocation practices. This type of training is aimed to support conservation biologists and managers in designing and managing the complexities surrounding conservation translocations in terms of multi-stakeholder interests, biological uncertainties, and risk.
We aim to provide participants with the knowledge to plan, courage to act, certainty to secure resources, skill to respond to challenges, and the achievement of successful conservation outcomes.
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to apply the IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations by:
- Planning conservation translocations with clearly articulated Goals Statements, Objectives, and comparison of alternative Actions in order to select the best action.
- Utilizing a range of decision support tools in order to develop, monitor, and adapt conservation translocation projects to achieve pre-determined objectives.
- Identifying critical uncertainties, recognizing how the risks posed by these uncertainties influence our choices and deciding how best to deal with these risks.
- Drawing on a suite of stakeholder engagement tools (group problem-solving, expert elicitation, conflict resolutions, etc.) to overcome challenges and improve success.
Workshop participants will be required to prepare a brief summary of a conservation translocation project they are currently involved with prior to the workshop. A small number of these will be selected by the lecturers to be developed within group sessions during the workshop.
Lecturers are leading experts in the field and include those who were involved in writing and/or evaluating the IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations. The four-day course will be about an equal mix of lectures, tools training sessions, and small group activities to practice application of lecture and tools material to participant-suggested case studies.
Registration costs $500 USD and includes lunch each day and all workshop-related training.
A limited number of scholarships will be made available. Please fill out the scholarship application and submit a copy of your current CV via email, in addition to the workshop application. Scholarship submissions will be accepted until 1 June 2018.