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Developing the Capacity for Teaching Biodiversity and Conservation in the Asia- Pacific Region

April 27th, 2011

Building on previous efforts, particularly those by DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA), Centre for Tropical Forest Science, and Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Chapter, this Project is implementing capacity building activities on conservation biology focusing primarily on junior faculty members and young researchers in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The junior faculty are more likely to incorporate what they learn into their own research and teaching agendas, thus
maximising the impact by ensuring long-term effectiveness and direct benefits. This project was composed of four main training components: i) Experimental design and data analysis courses (the Bali Botanic Gardens 12-15 July 2010); ii) Science writing courses (the Bali Botanic Gardens 16 July 2010); iii) Field biology training courses; and iv) Symposia, which emanated from the field course.

A Field Course on Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Development entailed six weeks of field work in two national parks in East Java, Alas Purwo and Baluran, before crossing Wallace’s Line into Rinjani National Park in Lombok. Biologists from around the globe committed their time and expertise as resource staff, offering lectures and hands-on training in their fields of expertise.

The Field Course captured multidisciplinary approaches to biodiversity conservation and global climate change. Throughout the Field Course, participants engaged in their own student research projects, and presented their results at a concluding field course symposium. To educate the Indonesian public about our activities and to widen the audience’s awareness of educational activities, the media were also invited to attend.

The project also allowed for extending scholarship support to scientific and capacity building activities of global change, namely the meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) 2010 -“Tropical Biodiversity: Surviving the Food, Energy and Climate Crisis,” held in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia from 19-23 July 2010.


Project Leader:
Dr. Mochamad
Indrawan University of Indonesia
Tel: +62 81 199 0151
Fax: +62 251 837 447
Email: jamblang@cbn.net.id

APN Funding:
US$33,190 (For 1 Year)


News source: APN Science Bulletin. Issue 1, March 2011

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