Massively expanding professional capacities is vital to enacting science-informed conservation practice worldwide, especially in the biodiverse, under-served Global South. By now we know much about what constitutes capacity development (CD) for conservation. Today’s community conversation among funders, educators, practitioners and “audience” members focuses on how to expand CD worldwide. Bring your lunch and discuss next steps (some already underway) for uncorking capacity bottlenecks by documenting and illustrating transformations already wrought by CD and by attracting more financial and infrastructure support, especially across north-south boundaries and within south-south constituencies.
Facilitation assistants : Meredith Bowhers, Crystal Alvarez, Michael Carr
Training Manager, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Director, Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Director, Latin America Program, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
Rowe Family Director, Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum
Program Director, David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship
Graduate Student, Conservation Science and Public Policy Program, George Mason University
Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission; Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations; Founder and President of Provita
Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
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