Abstract # 13303 Event # 128:

Scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2019 02:45 PM-05:15 PM: (Room 313) Workshop


PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR DESIGNING PROGRAMS THAT GENERATE CONSERVATION ENGAGEMENT AND INITIATIVE IN HOST COUNTRIES

S. Atsalis1, J. Danzy Cramer2, C. Tan3, A. Halloran6, P. Garber4 and M. Norconk5
1Professional Development for Good!, Chicago, IL 60607, USA, 2American Public University System, 3LVDI International, 4University of Illinois, 5Kent State University, 6Save The Chimps
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      Addressing the crisis of high primate extinction rates requires informed habitat country citizens willing to take initiatives that tackle conservation issues in their home countries. Enhancing knowledge and skills in host countries can play an important role in supporting local conservation stewardship. Our workshop is designed for colleagues interested in incorporating capacity building alongside their research/conservation agendas. We aim to a) offer practical ideas and strategies for building capacity, and b) offer the opportunity to workshop proposed ideas for best in-situ implementation. Our globally diverse experiences with engaging locally on multiple levels include creating children’s education programs that teach and encourage empathy for animals, building conservation leadership in students and young professionals, creating study abroad programs and field schools that include local students, training locals to lead conservation efforts, engaging with the community for conservation awareness. We also incorporate ideas on how to design workshops on survey techniques, conduct virtual conservation related conferences for host country participants, and train in professional development, leadership and environmental advocacy. Prompted by the ideas and strategies presented, workshop participants will engage in breakout groups to draft and discuss easily implemented, outcomes-driven programming for their host countries. Active participation may encourage new collaborations and extend professional networks, and also allow us to develop a strategy guide for easily and effectively incorporating community capacity building programs into our host country engagement.