Training CD-ROM for trainers of wetland management planning

14/08/2002

Providing training support on a CD-ROM is an efficient and cheap means to spread knowledge, to distribute background information, to increase local capacities, and to prepare specific training sessions at local level. At least when it is so well done as in the compact disc recently released by the regional facilitation unit of the MedWetCoast project that is part of Ramsar's Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (executed with major financial support by the GEF and its French counterpart FFEM).

The disc, containing both French and English versions, helps designers and conductors of national management training programmes. It contains two main parts, providing materials to train trainers, on the one hand, and on the other, the materials needed to prepare training programmes on wetland management planning.

The first part contains materials for people in charge of training in protected areas necessary to set up and run a 2-day training course, including instruction sheets, technical documents and guidelines, how-to-do folders, and other support materials. Everything can be printed as Word, Excel or Powerpoint files. The second part provides technicians involved in the preparation of management plans for protected areas with the materials needed to draw up a management plan, based on a 4-day training session. Again, trainers' instruction sheets, management plan methodology and guideline documents, examples of concrete management plans, socio-economic diagnosis reports, logical framework analysis demonstration kits and background documents on participation of local communities in management of protected areas are provided. Other documents cover issues such as what is monitoring, how to make a presentation, and course assessment questionnaires.

The training programmes and documents have been evolved from the long-standing field experience by specialists of the Tour du Valat Foundation and ATEN, the technical bureau for protected areas in France. They are based on the MedWetCoast project regional training course held in March 2002 at Azraq in Jordan, together with the Royal Jordanian Society for the Conservation of Nature.

Copies of the CD-ROM can be ordered at ATEN in Montpellier, Fax +33 467 52 77 93, aten@espaces-naturels.fr.

-- reported by Tobias Salathé, Ramsar.

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