Human Dimensions Capacity Building

Human Dimensions Capacity Building

Sunday, Feb. 16, from 10:00AM-5:00PM


Dr. Thomas Fish

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network, U.S. Department of the Interior

Dr.  Eick von Ruschkowski 

Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation

Registration Rates:

Free to Pathways Kenya 2020 Conference Attendees

Available Spots:

WAITLIST ONLY – See Registration Instructions Below for More Info 

Training Description:

The integration of social and natural science in conservation has been a stated priority for more than 50 years, yet many persistent challenges remain for routine cross-disciplinary collaboration. Calls for integrated approaches extend across a range of topics and professions – including, for example: wildlife and fisheries management; coastal zone management; protected area planning; agriculture and forestry; traditional knowledge and lifeways; land use change; sustainable tourism; natural hazards and community resilience; natural capital and ecosystem services; and changing values toward nature, government, and civic engagement. Natural resource management has been informed predominantly by the natural sciences. However, managers and decision-makers increasingly recognize that no single discipline or scientific domain will suffice to understand the complex relationships between humans and their environments.

Many protected area and wildlife managers are new to the concept of human dimensions. This training will provide valuable insights for those who are (or will be) working in and/or establishing programs in the arena of human dimensions and multi-disciplinary problem solving to inform natural resource and wildlife management decisions. The content will include a brief summary of past and present efforts; an overview of human dimensions and social science concepts and methods; case studies of integrated approaches from around the world, from both terrestrial and marine environments; inherent advantages, limitations, lessons learned, and best practices; assessment and development of human dimensions capacity; frameworks for program development and evaluation; and considerations for workforce, livelihoods, gender equity, diversity and inclusion, and community and stakeholder engagement. The training format will include presentations, interactive exercises, and invite sharing and discussion from participants related to their particular wildlife management challenges, on-the-ground efforts, and needs for capacity building.



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