Capacity Building

Essential services that protected areas provide, such as clean water, food security, health, economic well-being, carbon sequestration and protection against natural disasters are becoming widely recognized. Less well understood is the fact that those protected areas must be managed effectively in order to fully provide these services.Capacity development has been identified in many regions and in global assessments on biodiversity conservation as one of the key priorities that needs to be urgently addressed to promote best practices and management performance in protected areas. Our services encompass

  • the assessment of training needs,
  • the development of capacity building strategy,
  • the development of training concepts,
  • the development of tailor-made or more generic training material (for interactive learning as well as presentations),
  • the organization and realization of training events (from one day workshops up to several weeks),

The work done by Biodiversité Conseil on Capacity Building includes:

    Development of a concept note on a MOOC on Protected Area Management

    MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are highly interactive online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access to all on the World Wide Web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community of actors. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education, which began to emerge in 2012. MOOCs have the potential to enhance online education in developing countries by facilitating collaboration between people, places and technology. Francis Staub developed a concept note on the challenges and the opportunities to develop a MOOC on management of Protected Areas in West and Central Africa.

    • Topic: Capacity Building & Protected Areas
    • Client: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    Evaluation of IUCN trainings on Protected Area

    The IUCN PAPACO developed two trainings in protected area management: a Master’s degree (two years)and a university diploma (8 weeks) on protected area management. These courses are aimed at protected area managers (and their scientific, NGO or private sector partners). They provide them with the tools and specific technical skills required to improve the way parks are managed and to ensure their actions are sustainable. The university diploma (8 weeks) is organised in modules combining theory and practical field work where the different tools can be applied. To date, more than 150 persons have been trained. The study assessed the impact of the trainings and provided recommendations.

    • Report:
    • Topic: Capacity Building & Protected Areas
    • Client: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    Development of a Capacity Building Strategy to Enhance the Management of RAMPAO MPAs

    Capacity building has been identified as a priority in several regions and in many international assessments regarding biodiversity conservation. To respond to this need of RAMPAO members and partners and after several months of hard work, the RAMPAO released the report entitled "Analysis of skills gaps of the actors of the Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas in West Africa and recommendations." This document presents us with comprehensive information on the needs for capacity building and current priorities at the RAMPAO MPA network level, information on the programs and activities of existing capacity building efforts in the region and the relevant successes in this area. It represents a first attempt to strengthen the synergy around this activity by better understanding regional needs in order to harmonize capacity building programs within the sub-region.

    • Report: in French (PDF File) - in English (PDF File)
    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Client: Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA) / Réseau régional des Aires Marines Protégées en Afrique de l'Ouest (RAMPAO)

    Design of a long-term capacity building to enhance the management of MPAs in the Mediterranean region

    The goals of this study were to:

    • Assess current capacity building needs and priorities at both the national and the MPA levels.
    • Analyse existing capacity building programmes and activities in the region.
    • Evaluate current capacity building achievements.
    • Formulate a capacity building strategy that responds to the management needs of the Mediterranean MPAs at the regional, national and local levels.
    • Develop integrated and feasible delivery mechanisms with the collaboration of regional and national actors. Read more.

    Development of 2 educational modules on MPAs

    Assistance in the development of 2 modules (one on Marine Protected Area Networks and the other on Marine Conservation Biology). Each module includes a synthesis document that brings together key background information and references for a topic, an easily modified visual presentation with notes and discussion questions, and a practical exercise for laboratory or field use, with accompanying solutions. These modules were designed for the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) which is part of the American Museum of Natural History.

    Development and animation of a workshop on Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and communication strategy

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    Francis Staub is also a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He is also member of the French IUCN Commission on Protected Areas, and the French Working Groups on the Sea and on the World Heritage.