As part of the Global Tiger Initiative’s Capacity Building Program, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the World Bank Group, Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and other partner organizations are pleased to announce the launch of a new course, Regional Smart Patrol Training for Tiger Conservation. The first batch of training, targeted at Southeast Asian countries, will be held in Bangkok and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand from January 9 to 24, 2012. The second batch targeting primarily South Asia participants will be announced soon. This course is designed to enhance the capabilities of protected area management teams of senior management (director, deputy level), technical staff (deputy level or ranger as coordinator, and ranger or field patrol team lead), and NGO specialists. The focus of the course is to scale up on-site trainings, implement smart patrolling systems, and strengthen institutional capacity in Tiger Range Countries (TRC) to support the achievement of the National Tiger Recovery Priorities (NTRPs).
Specific objectives of the course include
This program is open to Protected Area Management Teams from a Priority List of Protected Areas. Teams of four persons may be comprised of protected area management personnel and non-governmental organizations’ staff (3 PA staff and one NGO specialist) working closely with these protected areas to implement Smart Patrol systems.Thematic training will focus on basic and advanced aspects of smart patrolling, particularly MIST and best practices relevant to tiger conservation, and necessary institutional arrangements. The World Bank Institute (WBI together with the Smithsonian Institution, and other partners to the GTI) –—will provide participants with a platform for support over the next year for the successful implementation of their smart patrol initiatives. Together with SCBI, DNP and WCS, WBI instructors will provide specialized leadership training for the management teams, for building institutional support for smart patrolling, strategic communication and outreach, skills and tactics for building multi-stakeholder support from donors, partners, general public, and local communities, and an introduction to the rapid results approach to help selected PAMTs jumpstart implementation and build momentum for their initiatives.
Instruction, course materials, travel, accommodations and meals will be covered by the host organizations.
Teams of four persons from each protected area of the Priority List will be selected, including two members from protected area management staff, one member from NGO supporting this protected area, and a patrol staff. Selected participants should work out their own approval process for participating in the training. To be eligible for this program, participants must demonstrate they meet the following criteria:
The Following Application Materials Must be Received by October 24, 2011
Completed online application form at SCBI's Tiger Conservation Partnership course.Email the following materials to SCBItiger@si.edu:
Applicants will be emailed confirmation after complete application materials have been received and evaluated by the selection committee. Participants will be notified by late October regarding their application status. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ana Tinsler at SCBItiger@si.edu