Abstract # 4423 Event # 127:

Scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 02:00 PM-03:00 PM: Session 17 (San Geronimo Ballroom B) Featured Speaker


GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS IN FIELD TRAINING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH EDUCATION: 20 YEARS OF PROGRESS

R. C. Kyes1, E. Iskandar2, J. Onibala3, M. K. Chalise4, J. Li5, M. M. Feeroz6, C. Thitaram7, P. Bunlue8, P. K. Vwirasihikya9, J. C. Silva10 and D. Chetry11
1Depts. of Psychology and Global Health, Center for Global Field Study, and Washington National Primate Center, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, 2Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural Univ., Bogor, Indonesia, 3Faculty of Animal Sciences, Sam Ratulangi Univ., Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 4Nepal Biodiversity Research Society and Dept. of Zoology, Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu, Nepal, 5School of Resources and Environment, Anhui Univ., Hefei, Anhui, China , 6Dept. of Zoology, Jahangirnagar Univ., Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh , 7Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and , 8Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand , 9Tayna Gorilla Reserve and Tayna Center for Conservation Biology, Goma, Dem. Rep. of Congo, 10Instituto de Ecologia AC, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico , 11Gibbon Conservation Centre, Assam, India
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     For over 20 years, the University of Washington’s National Primate Research Center and Center for Global Field Study together with institutions in Indonesia, Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, and India have been working as global partners to provide comprehensive education and training in the fields of conservation biology and global health with a focus on the human-primate interface. Our goal is to help foster the next generation of global leaders who are capable of implementing the programs needed to ensure the future of their countries’ important natural resources, the health of their people, and the conservation of biodiversity worldwide. Our training programs involve annual field courses focusing on conservation biology, global health, primate behavior and ecology, field study methods, translational research, etc. To date, we have conducted 80 field courses for more than 1,300 university students and professionals. We also have focused on community outreach education for children from local villages to help promote environmental awareness, an understanding of the relationship with global health, and a sense of commitment to the conservation of biodiversity in their region. We have completed over 90 outreach programs for more than 4,500 children K-12. Collaborative training programs such as these provide the transfer of information, capacity building, and empowerment that are vitally important for successful research, conservation and long-term collaboration. Supported by: ASP, IPS, WoodlandParkZoo, OneEarthInstitute, NIHGrantP51OD010425.