The project entitled “Transforming CBNRM Education in Southern Africa” is designed to develop a more cohesive ‘community of practice’ in CBNRM within the Southern African region with examination of stakeholder needs, identification of gaps in coursework and curricula, and subsequent development of materials that can be used for different target audiences.
In order to implement the goals and objectives of the project, the first action was to engage stakeholders representative of the academic, public, private and NGO sectors from the Southern African region. A workshop was held in Pretoria, South Africa to initiate the project.
The workshop had multiple objectives and was designed to obtain broad stakeholder input into the early phase of the project implementation.
- Initiate process to develop a community-of-practice
- Share training materials and research experiences
- Identify training needs
- Agree overall strategy for regional training needs and priorities (with buy in of practitioners, educators and policy-makers) including focal institutions, and outlines of material content of curriculums
- Develop indicators of successful CBNRM training programs at various levels (in universities, vocational schools, NGOs, and communities) included in strategy
- Initiative development of directory of course materials and research initiatives updated by stakeholders
- Announce small grants competition
- Tasks allocated to develop training modules, including outline of five books to be published by Earthscan Publications
The workshop was attended by 69 individuals from 9 countries in Southern Africa (Botswana, Kenya Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) representing academic, NGO, private and government organizations (20 Departments in 13 universities, 7 colleges, 12 offices in 8 NGO, 4 Projects, and 3 private sector organizations).
Dates: 20 July – 24 July, 2009
Location: Protea Hotel Manor, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa