All CBC projects—from the Andes to the Solomons—continue to raise the capacity of partners in the field, through collaboration and training.
For example, in the Andes, Dr. Felicity Arengo’s project is training local guards and monitors to collect data and be vigilant for changes and critical situations. This continued work with communities has built a constituency and raised awareness engaging people with wetland and wildlife conservation issues such as tourism and mining prospecting. School teachers, families, and children have become ambassadors for conservation, presenting about the conservation work at regional fairs—where fifth graders Ailen and Jesica won the top prize.
In Hanoi, Vietnam, Dr. Mary Blair co-led a training workshop on how to improve Wildlife Trade Management using Conservation Genetics and Forensic Science for a diverse audience of faculty and students, government officials, and NGO specialists from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. The workshop focused on strengthening capacity in conservation genetics and forensic science in Indochina.
In the Pacific, Ms. Cynthia Malone, Pacific Programs Manager, has been working with local partners at the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP) to refine a Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 which is particularly focused on the capacity development component.