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International Training of Trainers on Wetland Management (Planning) in Moldova (23/01/08)
Good morning everyone:
Here is a message from Esther Koopmanschap on an upcoming training of trainers course in wetland management to be held in Moldova. This course is organised by Wageningen International and ECOTIRAS (Moldova) in cooperation with the WetCap Partnership, the Ramsar Secretariat, and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
This link http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/International_Training_of_Trainers_on_wetland_management.htm will give you access to a colourful two-page brochure about the course as well as the application form. Please contact Esther directly for any further information (contact details below).
With best regards, Sandra Hails, Ramsar Secretariat
International Training of Trainers on Wetland Management, a course focusing on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes and curriculum development (ICWM-TOT)
Moldova, April 7 - 25, 2008
Wetlands are hugely diverse. But whether they are ponds, marshes, coral reefs, peat lands, lakes or mangroves, they all share one fundamental feature: the complex interaction of their basic components - soil, water, animals and plants. Wetlands fulfil many functions and provide many products that have sustained humans over the centuries.
Unsustainable use of wetlands, and the river basins as a whole, has led to the disruption of natural hydrological cycles. This has often resulted in higher frequency and severity of flooding, drought and pollution. The degradation and loss of wetlands and their biodiversity imposes major economic and social losses and costs. Appropriate protection and allocation of water to wetlands is essential to enable these ecosystems to survive and continue to provide important goods and services to local communities
One of the difficulties identified in wetland management is the division of management responsibilities between different administrative authorities in a river basin. This often results in fragmented and competitive approaches to water resources planning and management. The management of wetlands therefore requires a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the technical, economic, environmental, social and legal aspects of water management which does not end at country borders but needs to be carried out on a river basin scale.
Integrated wetland management is a process through which people can develop a vision, agree on shared values and behaviours, make informed decisions and act together to manage the natural resources of a river basin.
The primary condition for achieving integrated wetland management is the willingness of sectoral stakeholders to work together. To achieve the necessary cooperation, stakeholders in a catchment area need to be able to understand each other clearly. Steps to achieve understanding of the various views, and to explore how far such separate views can be shared, will be one of the main issues covered within the International Training of Trainers on Wetland Management (ICWM-TOT).
Wetland management training
Several wetland management training initiatives took place in the past decade. One of these initiatives was RIZAs International Course on Wetland Management (ICWM). The 10th ICWM (2003) marked a change in strategy: instead of organising an international wetland management course in the Netherlands, RIZA and its partners wished to stimulate the development of similar courses in the different regions in the world (e.g. the International Course on African Wetland Management in Naivasha, Kenya). To support regional capacity building initiatives, Wageningen International and Rijkswaterstaat RIZA together developed the International Training of Trainers on Wetland Management. In 2006 the ICWM-TOT was organised in Ankara, Turkey. In 2007 in Bogor, Indonesia. In 2008 the training will be organised in Vadu-lui-Voda (near Chisinau), Moldova.
Aims and objectives
The ICWM-TOT aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for curriculum development in the field of wetland management in their own region. The course will focus on the multi-stakeholder processes that play an important role in wetland management and the need for transboundary and cross-sectoral co-operation to manage the natural resources of a river basin and its wetlands.
Who can participate?
The ICWM-TOT has been designed for (future) trainers in wetland management. The course programme is suitable for wetland managers and land use planners, policy makers, consultants, researchers and NGO staff who have affinity with training. The course will be relevant to participants from all climatic zones, but case studies used will be based in Central and South Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation.
Concepts in wetland and river basin management:
Concepts in wetland and river basin management (ecological, social and economic perspective) as well as ecosystem approach, Ramsar, CBD and other international agreements.
Facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes
Multi-stakeholder processes, tools and techniques to support the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes in wetland management, public participation, stakeholder involvement in decision making and conflict management.
Fieldwork wetland management
Wetland management, stakeholder analysis and public participation in practice.
Adult education and social learning
Participatory learning principles, learning styles, the learning cycle, educational psychology, raising awareness.
Training skills, curriculum development, development of a training programme for wetland managers.
The course will be interactive with a high degree of personal contributions by the participants. Besides lectures the course will include fieldwork, technical and social excursions. The ICWM-TOT will provide the opportunity of professional networking fostered by the institutions organising the course, as a follow-up after attending the training.
The course is organised by Wageningen International (formerly known as IAC), The Netherlands and ECO-TIRAS, Moldova, in close co-operation with Wetlands International, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Different governmental and non-governmental institutions, like e.g. WWF, will also be involved in the programme.
Requirements for admission
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
- have at least a Bachelor level qualification or equivalent educational background;
- have at least two years of professional experience;
- be involved in wetland management and preferably; assigned to capacity building in wetland management;
- be fluent in spoken and written English.
Participants will be granted a Certificate of Attendance.
Fees and venue
The tuition fee is € 2350. This amount excludes travel costs to Moldova, but includes administration fees, lecture materials and excursions. Participants will be accommodated in Odiseum Pension, Vadu-lui-Voda (near Chisinau). Costs for full board and lodging are not included in the tuition fee and are available upon request. They are estimated at € 50 per day.
The course can unfortunately not make use of NFP scholarships this year, but we will try to support you in finding funding. Therefore do not wait to long before you apply! Deadline for participants who have secured their own funding is 7 March 2008. Please, find this factsheet, the application form, the possibility to enroll online and information about other courses at http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/Courses
Direct link to the ICWM-TOT: http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/International_Training_of_Trainers_on_wetland_management.htm
Wageningen International, Wageningen UR
Capacity Development and Institutional Change Programme
P.O. Box 88, 6700 AB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Wetland and River Basin Management
Capacity Development and Institutional Change Programme
WUR building 425
P.O. Box 88 (Lawickse Allee 11)
6700 AB WAGENINGEN
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Sandra Hails, CEPA Programme Officer
Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 999 0176; Fax: +41 22 999 0169
Web Site: http://ramsar.org
CEPA mini-Web site: http://ramsar.org/outreach_index.htm