Author: Rosalie Chappie
In March 2019 PALRC launched a report on Protected Area Short Courses in Australia, Asia and the Pacific: training issues, needs and recommendations prepared by Rosalie Chapple. A shorter form Consultation Brief was also released seeking engagement of target audiences with new short courses being proposed as outcomes of the review.
Target audiences for the review include government and private sanctuaries, protected area (PA) management agencies, Indigenous protected areas (IPAs), environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) that look after land, and community-based conservation practitioners, in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The Review documents the case for new short courses that can build the skills and knowledge needs of people working in protected areas and related conservation activities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. The report focuses on identifying priority needs for tailored short courses that can complement formal education and training offered through universities and technical and further education (TAFE) colleges. To that end, training issues and needs are identified along with current courses and providers, and proposes how PALRC can help meet the defined capacity challenge.
We commend the Review and the Consultation Brief, which carries an invitation for comment. And, we encourage reading and commentary on the report, as well as using your social media networks to publicise its availability.