Pre-Conference Trainings

Pre-Conference Trainings - Sept. 15 and 16, 2018

As in previous Pathways Conferences, we will host several workshops that address current issues and methods in the field of human dimensions of wildlife. We are looking forward to welcoming interesting speakers from around the globe. Participating in the workshops is free of charge (except your own meals), and you can sign-up for the workshops during the registration process. Some of the workshops are designed to have small crowds and hence have limited capacity. Should the demand exceed capacity, we will try to accommodate you by offering additional slots, but this depends on the availability of the trainers/presenters.

The following trainings and workshops have been confirmed:

Saturday, Sept. 15

14:00 – 18:00

Das Konzept  “Human Dimensions of Wildlife” – eine Einführung (in German)

Eick von Ruschkowski, Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation

Maximum capacity: 40 participants

This workshop is aimed at conference participants from the German-speaking countries where the concept of human dimensions and conservation social science is rather underrepresented in the management of natural resources and wildlife. It is intended to give an overview of the concept, current relevant issues and helps you to prepare for the conference. Target audience are both scientists and practitioners as we will look at several case-specific issues in German large protected areas and about the management of Natura 2000. A preference will be given to early career scientists and managers and those who wish to participate in the all-day livestock protection workshop on Sunday, Sept. 16.


14:00 – 18:00

Human Dimensions Tools – Collaborative Approaches on Wildlife Management

Alistair Bath, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Maximum capacity: 30 particpants (WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Alistair Bath is a professor in geography with a focus on quantitative social research and sociobiology related to parks and protected areas management. He has research and teaching experience on both sides of the Atlantic. As a member of the IUCN Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe Species Group, he has conducted numerous research projects throughout Europe focused on human dimensions in wolf, brown bear and lynx management issues. Dr. Bath actively applies the human dimensions facilitated workshop approach which he has developed, and has implemented it in Croatia to get diverse interest groups to reach consensus on wolf and lynx management plans. The workshop will focus on the methodology of the facilitated workshop approach.



Sunday, Sept. 16

8:00 – 16:00

Large Carnivores and Livestock Protection – Hands-On Workshop

Hosted by the EU LIFE Project EuroLargeCarnivores

Maximum Capacity: 40 participants (Workshop is FULL)

Enabling co-existence between carnivores and livestock is one of the biggest challenges in the human-wildlife conflict context. This full-day workshop will actually take place on the premises of a nearby livestock operation in the Harz region. English and German translation will be provided to participants. The objective is to discuss the challenges of maintaining proper livestock protection against carnivores in difficult terrain, both through fencing or guard dogs. Participants will also be provided with a hands-on experience in installing proper electric fencing. You will be trained to build such a fence with proper equipment in this workshop in order to gain knowledge and experience in this important management tool. This training is an all-day outdoor program, so please bring proper shoes and clothing. Transportation between the hotel and the training location will be provided.


9:00 – 13:00 (WORKSHOP IS FULL) & 14:00 – 17:00

Transforming Complex, Deep-Rooted Conflict: An Orientation Workshop

Francine Madden, Center for Conservation Peacebuilding

Maximum Capacity: 20 participants

Do you have a complex conservation challenge? Is social conflict complicating or impeding your efforts to create positive change? Have you been wondering what Conservation Conflict Transformation (CCT) is all about? This workshop is your chance to get orientated to the theory, principles, and practice of CCT! The Center for Conservation Peacebuilding (CPeace, formerly the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration) offers capacity-building workshops at both ‘fundamentals’ and ‘advanced’ levels; each workshop is typically 5 days. This Pathways Europe workshop will provide an introduction to CCT, which draws from diverse disciplines ranging from neurology, psychology, and anthropology to behavioral economics, systems practice, and complexity science. This workshop will also give you an opportunity to explore whether and how CCT is applicable to your conservation challenge and why addressing the deep-rooted, underlying issues of social conflicts around wildlife and conservation issues may be critical to creating a path toward lasting solutions that benefit people and wildlife.

Around the world, conservation conflicts, including so-called “human-wildlife conflicts,” are detrimental to livelihoods, community way of life, and conservation efforts alike. (Often, these are conflicts between people about wildlife.) Regardless of where they occur, social conflicts around conservation issues can erode efforts to promote shared wins between communities, conservationists, and governments. If deep-rooted conflicts are not sufficiently reconciled through strategic process and relationship changes, conservation efforts stall, fail, or regress—or they ultimately falter from the unintended consequences resulting from conservation “wins.” CCT provides a way of thinking about, understanding, and addressing such conflicts. In this workshop, CPeace will outline the basics of CCT, giving you an opportunity to explore how it could be applied to your efforts.

As the pioneer and global leader in CCT, CPeace has a proven track record in leading and empowering CCT-integration efforts in a variety of conflicts and at different scales. Originally known as the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC), the organization formed in 2006 based on recommendations from conservation, community engagement, and peacebuilding professionals seeking a better way to address intractable conflicts in wildlife conservation. Since then, CPeace has worked to harness, develop, and improve upon best practices, and apply them in ways that have supported thousands of stakeholders, leaders, and practitioners in their efforts to prevent and reconcile conflict. Join us in this workshop to explore how CCT may be of service to you, too!

14:00 – 17:00

Increasing human dimensions capacity among protected area and wildlife managers

Tom Fish, National Coordinator, Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, U.S. National Park Service, Washington, D.C., USA

Maximum Capacity: 30 participants

Many protected area and wildlife managers are overwhelmed when they first encounter the concept of human dimensions. This training is aimed at providing valuable insights for those who are (or will be in charge) of setting up such programs, often against very limited budget availability. The instructor, who is a trained marine biologist with human dimensions experience in North America, Southeast Asia, and Mediterranean countries, will provide participants with an overview of management frameworks, human dimensions issues and how to address them in any given work environment by using case studies  from around the globe, both in terrestrial and marine environments. Program design, implementation and evaluation will be addressed. In addition, one focus will also lie on the topic of addressing gender equity and inclusion in the conservation workforce – very important issues that cannot be neglected when looking at internal questions of human dimensions in both the governmental and non-governmental sectors.