ATC title: Tools for Conservation Biology
Date: 26 Feb – 02 Mar, 2018
Short description :
This training course will introduce the scientific fundamentals of Conservation Biology, some important information sources available on the discipline, and a set of tools used in the practice of conservation. We will use participatory classes in the morning, but case studies and debate in the afternoon. There will be three possible study cases, one international (global amphibian decline), one regional (Mekong Delta in transition) and one local. Attendants will choose between the international and the regional case depending on their interests. The local conservation case study will imply work in small teams, leading to short oral presentations by the attendants on Wednesday; a field visit to Tra Su forest reserve (at 65 km from An Giang University) on Thursday; and to a general discussion for integrating the multiple scales of conservation practice on Friday.
The main objective of this training course is to help attendants become aware of the importance of an evidence-based conservation. Specific objectives are: to teach the fundamentals of conservation biology; to introduce international legislation on nature conservation and how Vietnam and Cambodia have implemented it; to present biodiversity databases and conservation strategies from the global to the local scale; to point out the importance of in-situ management of areas and species; to stress the need for adequate prioritization and decision-making processes; to offer some teaching resources to academics; and to foster debate and critical thinking on conservation issues.