The objective of this workshop is to teach participants the overarching philosophy, underlying principles, and specific steps of effective conservation planning based on the globally used Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.
The training will emphasize how to identify key and desired conservation and human well-being outcomes, develop ecological models, construct a situation diagram (a model of the contributing factors from the human environment that influence conservation outcomes), incorporate empirical data and expert knowledge, integrate monitoring and adaptive management in conservation projects, and develop plans for changing and novel conditions. In addition to improving attendees’ effectiveness in the planning and practicing conservation, the workshop will provide valuable tools for preparing grant applications, evaluating project plans, and communicating with funding agencies, the scientific community, and lay persons.
Each section typically involves introducing and teaching key Open Standards concepts, a working session (typically in breakout groups) where students apply these concepts to real-world projects, presentation of breakout group working session findings to the class, and subsequent discussion and group feedback. Ideally, the practice projects are provided by the attending conservation biologists for use as case studies during the course. Sessions can include demonstrations illustrating the corresponding use of Miradi Software, though we suggest focusing primarily on learning the Open Standards process as opposed to the finer points of software manipulation.
Andrew Bridges, PhD: is a conservation biologist working with the Institute for Wildlife Studies in San Diego, California. He is certified by the Conservation Coaches Network as a Conservation Coach and has conducted research and recovery programs for a wide variety of species in ecosystems throughout North America http://www.iws.org/staff_bridges.html