Adaptive Conservation Management Training in Blue Mountains

As appeared in Newsletter No. 4 of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Oceania

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, in partnership with the Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC), convened a 5-day training in September on tools for adaptive management based on the internationally recognised Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. 

Participants worked in small teams to progress through an adaptive planning, monitoring and management loop, guided by facilitators Stuart Cowell and Philippa Walsh. This learning framework enables management issues to be explored in a way that can help to reveal underlying problems and to find ways of working with complex issues. 

There were 25 participants including from Tribal Councils, Aboriginal Corporations, NGOs and park agencies across Australia, and international participants came from Hong Kong, Myanmar, Palau, Nepal and PNG. The rich diversity of participants provided valuable learning and social interaction. The training is widely applicable to people working in protected areas and any area of conservation, including natural and cultural heritage. 

The training is valuable for professional development and tertiary study. This is an annual course that will be offered again in September 2020 .

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