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Conservation Training Week - 2006

Three women discuss workshop topics.Conservation Training Week II was held in Kingston, Jamaica from March 13 – 17, 2006.  The event hosted a series of workshops designed to launch innovative new conservation tools and address local Jamaican and Caribbean organisations’ stated capacity building needs. This second annual event provided participants a forum to learn from experts, as well as from kindred individuals within the environmental community through information sharing and peer learning experiences. There is unequivocal value in bringing together a variety of different individuals to allow them to better understand not only their own roles and needs within their organizations and agencies, but those of the wider network they work within.

58 individuals from 16 of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Caribbean partner Non-Government Organisations and Government Agencies, along with 6 TNC Caribbean staff members attended the training event.  While the 2004 event was designed for Jamaican entities, the 2006 sessions were broadened to include participants from The Bahamas and Dominican Republic, lending a more Caribbean wide feel to the proceedings.

Workshop presenter.

Two men at workshop.Conservation Training Week workshops addressed a variety of scientific, and internal management needs and issues, with this year’s focus on practical tools for Natural Resource Management.  In the Executive Track, this translated into tools and techniques for Understanding and Managing Environmental Conflicts, and a three-day session on Fundraising.  The Conflict Resolution session offered participants a chance to look at the Stakeholder Analysis tool to better understand differing perspectives affecting Natural Resource Management, and to learn techniques to address and resolve conflicts.  The Fundraising session was practical and hands-on, with participants developing and refining their own proposals while also learning how to conduct donor prospecting and donor cultivation.

In the Administration Track, participants spent the week working on developing Effective Policies and Procedures Manuals, and learning how to conduct Project Accounting.  Again, these sessions were very hands on, with participants utilizing a holistic approach to revising and updating their current Policies and Procedures Manuals while learning techniques on proper wording and structuring a manual.  The accounting session allowed participants to practice developing internal financial statements, learn to structure accounts to facilitate proper project accounting, and differentiate between administrative and project costs.

Lizard in hand.

Conducting water monitoring in the field.The Natural Resource Management Track was a mixture of Monitoring Tools and Techniques, and Innovative Conservation Tools.  This track was comprised of a series of field trips, labs and workshops on Freshwater Monitoring, Bird Monitoring, Mangrove Monitoring, and Reptile and Amphibian Identification and Monitoring.  It also focused on providing basic information on Invasive Species and how to address them, Promoting Knowledge and Advocacy of Environmental Law in Jamaica, Community Based Social Marketing, Geographic Information Systems, and unveiled the new Caribbean Regional Geographic Information Map Server. 

By the end of the week, participants walked away with new tools and techniques to more efficiently administer the organization’s internal management and on the ground conservation work. Relationships were formed, and it is expected the networking will continue to grow beyond this event into greater and continuous information exchanges and collaboration.  Participants also mentioned over and over the value of not only what was learned in the workshops, but of being together to learn from each other.

Conservation Training Week is among The Nature Conservancy’s main on-going efforts to support Institutional Capacity Building of Caribbean Environmental Non-Government Organisations. TNC would like to thank the MacArthur Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development for generously supporting this initiative.