[botswanapredatorforum] Fw: Announcement for CCF's 2011 International Training Courses

  • From: "Rebecca Klein" <rebecca@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <botswanapredatorforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 09:22:52 +0200

Hello all, 
Here is a great opportunity. Please forward to anyone that may be interested. 

Best wishes, 

Cheetah Conservation Botswana
From: CCFLaurie@xxxxxxx [mailto:ccflaurie@xxxxxxx] 
Sent: 03 December 2010 14:08
To: 'Laurie L. Marker, DPhil'; info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Announcement for CCF's 2011 International Training Courses 









Announcement for International Training Courses 

held at 

The Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia


Integrated Livestock, Wildlife, & Predator Management 

Sunday 13 February - Saturday 26 February 2011

Second course TBA


Cheetah Conservation Biology 

Sunday 6 March to Saturday 2 April 2011

Sunday 5 June to Saturday 2 July 2011



Four International training courses - two on Integrated Livestock, Wildlife, 
and Predator Management and two on Cheetah Conservation Biology - will be held 
in Namibia in 2011 at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, under the sponsorship of 
the Howard G. Buffett Foundation's African Cheetah Initiative.  The first 
Integrated Livestock and Predator Management course will run from 13 to 26 
February 2011, a second course will be offered - date to be announced. These 
courses are aimed at community development officers and agriculture extension 
officers in cheetah range countries. The focus will be on cheetah-human 
conflict, and the role of farmer outreach programs and community-based training 
to mitigate these conflict issues. Two identical courses on Conservation 
Biology will run from 6 March to 2 April, and also 5 June to 2 July 2011, these 
are aimed at providing conservation training for international cheetah 
conservation biologists. All three courses will be held at CCF's International 
Research and Education Centre in conjunction with Cheetah Regional Strategic 
Planning partners. 


The training received by participants in this course will address the needs 
identified in the cheetah regional plans regarding research and applied 
conservation methodologies for professionals in cheetah range countries. The 
information and practical skills provided by this selective training program 
will focus on building capacity to conserve cheetahs and their ecosystems. It 
is envisioned that these biology and wildlife professionals will pass on their 
education to thousands of people throughout the cheetah's remaining range 
countries, with the goal of achieving a profound change in people's attitudes 
toward predators in general and cheetahs in particular.


With the cheetah populations dwindling, the cheetah's survival depends on 
educated people using proven methods to reverse this trend. Many such methods 
have been developed or adopted in the last 20 years by CCF and a variety of 
other organizations, but there is no one source of information and training for 
wildlife conservation professionals.  Additionally, there is a lack of local 
professionals and stewards who are capable of recognizing, appreciating and 
better utilizing natural resources to achieve conservation. 


By training a network of regional professionals collaborating on regional 
cheetah strategies, the impact will expand from local pockets of protection 
dotting the cheetah's range countries to much broader, far-reaching and 
inter-connected swaths.  Regionalizing and unifying efforts will cause the 
conservation impact to be exponential.  


The target audience for the courses will be professionals within conservation 
and agriculture ministries, graduate university students in 
conservation-related subjects in cheetah range countries, and the research 
communities from range countries.  The training offered will be a complement to 
current university training and upgrade those already working in the field 
(e.g. wildlife managers) on new concepts, skills and techniques for 
standardized collection, collation, analysis and reporting on cheetahs and 
their ecosystems.  Bringing together participants from a variety of cheetah 
range countries will promote a unified and systematic approach to conservation 
including research, monitoring and wildlife-conflict mitigation measures.  Our 
objectives are to empower individuals with knowledge and skills in conservation 
and management that can be altered to fit each regional country. Our ultimate 
aim is to address the issues outlined in the cheetah regional strategies, 
thereby securing a future for the cheetah in these range countries.


Course Sites:

The course will be conducted mainly at the CCF's facilities in Otjiwarongo, 
which is located approximately 350 km north of Windhoek, the capital city of 
Namibia. The CCF site, although best known for its cheetahs, also includes such 
species as oryx, kudu, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe and numerous other ungulates. 
There will be a number of field trips from CCF during the duration of the 
course, and participants may also visit Etosha National Park. 


Course Costs:

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation supports the course fee and all training 
expenses (room, board, instruction fees, course activities and supplies, local 
travel, etc). However, applicants are expected to cover their own airfare, 
health insurance, and visa costs. A limited number of scholarships are 
available for half the cost of roundtrip airfare to Namibia.  All applicants 
requesting this partial support must (1) submit a letter with their application 
that justifies their financial need, and (2) mark on their application that 
they are applying for partial funding and also list how they plan to pay for 
the remaining costs of the airfare. Also, please understand that applicants who 
do not require financial assistance for airfare are given preference.   


Eligibility and Application:

The courses are most appropriate for those involved in cheetah conservation 
throughout the world, particularly in Africa. However, those interested in 
conservation biology, biodiversity inventory and monitoring, animal ecology and 
behavior, and protected area management will also be considered. Cheetah 
researchers, agriculture and community extension officers, biologists, as well 
as wildlife personnel from government agencies, non-governmental organizations 
and universities in developing countries, are all eligible to apply for the 
course. Target participants work in cheetah range countries. 


The application form must be completed in full and submitted with all requested 
application materials. 

Application Deadlines:


      OPEN- 10 January 2011
     Integrated Livestock, Wildlife and Predator Management 
      OPEN- 25 January 2011
     Conservation Biology I
      OPEN- 1 March 2011
     Conservation Biology II


A limited number of applicants will be selected for the courses and preference 
will be given to those who apply early. Successful applicants will be notified 
of their selection as soon as possible after the application closing date.


For further particulars, or to submit your application, please contact: 

Aletris Neils, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Phone: + 264 67 306225,

Fax #1: +264 67 306249, Fax #2: +264 88 61 3971  

Email ccflaurie@xxxxxxx 


**E-mail is preferred, but if faxing in application materials, please fax to 
both numbers listed above.  



Application Form (Please type or neatly print)




Please mark an "X" by the course for which you are applying: 


13-26 February: Integrated Livestock, Wildlife and Predator Management I        


6 March to 2 April: Cheetah Conservation Biology I                              


5 June to 2 July: Cheetah Conservation Biology II                               




Surname:______________________________­­_  First 
Name:____________________________ Middle Initial: __________



E-mail: (print 


Mailing Address:________________________________________________






Phone :_________________________________________                            Fax 

                                                (you must include Country and 
City codes)



Date of Birth: ________ ________ _________                                     
Age:__________  Sex:___________

                                Day    Month   Year. 





List all schools, colleges and universities you have attended with dates and 
academic qualifications received.


Name of School/University                                       Dates           


_____________________________________________________   _________________   


_____________________________________________________   _________________   


_____________________________________________________   _________________   


_____________________________________________________   _________________   




A) List all relevant jobs that you have held with name of employer, job title 
and dates of employment.  Please start by listing your current position, and 
then list most recent experiences thereafter.  


Name of Employer                                                     Job Title  


_______________________________________   ________________________  


_______________________________________   ________________________  


_______________________________________   ________________________  


_______________________________________   ________________________  




B) List your participation in field or research projects.


                                                Name of Project                 











C) List your membership in professional societies and non-governmental 








D) Attach a list of publications and popular articles that you have written in 
relation to your work.


E) Write a 250 words essay describing current cheetah problems in your country 
or study area, and what you think are potential solutions. Please type the 
essay on a different page with your name and birth date as the header.


F)  Write a few short paragraphs about what you hope to gain from participating 
in this course and how it will help benefit you.  


FINANCIAL SUPPORT:  Note: Course participants are financially responsible for 
their airfare, visa, and health insurance costs.  The Howard G. Buffett 
Foundation will cover all other expenses.  A limited number of scholarships are 
available.  The scholarship covers half the total cost for roundtrip airfare 
from the applicant's home country.  However, in order to be considered for this 
scholarship you must submit a letter with this application that both justifies 
financial need and explains how the remaining half of the airfare will be paid 
for.  Also, please understand that applicants who do not require financial 
assistance for airfare are given preference.   


Are you including an application for financial support with this application?  
Please Select: Y / N


List how you will pay for your airfare to and from Namibia, whether it is 
self-funded, whether you are applying for financial support, or whether you 
have funding from your institution.  If you do have financial support, please 
include a confirmation letter from the source of support.    You MUST write 
down if you are applying for partial airfare support from CCF, and also how 
your will pay for the other half of the costs associated with your flights. 


Source of Support/How Airfare Will Be Covered                                   
                         Amount (US$)










A) Personal statement with details of your academic and professional 
background, why you're applying and what you personally hope to get out of the 
course, and how you plan to apply the training you receive to your current or 
future work (1-2 Pages).


B) Letter of recommendation from academic advisor, immediate superior, or 
institution head.


C) Two additional letters of recommendation from referees, concerning your 
personal and professional attributes.










Cheetah Conservation Fund

P.O. Box 1755

Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Phone: +264 (0)67 306225

FAX: +264 (0)67 306247



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