[botswanapredatorforum] June 4-9, 2012 in Botswana: HWCC "Transforming Conflict" Training -- several scholarships!

  • From: "Rebecca Klein" <rebecca@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:45:28 +0200

Please see below and spread the word!!  (More information will be available by 
March 7th at www.humanwildlifeconflict.org.)

All the best, 
Francine Madden
Executive Director, Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC)

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is pleased to announce that it 
will host the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration's (HWCC) "Analyzing and 
Transforming Conflict to Create Sustainable Solutions for People and Wildlife" 
training in Gaborone, Botswana from June 4-9th, 2012. With grant support from 
the US Department of State, this HWCC training will serve only professionals 
working in countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). 
Several full scholarships (registration, lodging, food and travel) are 
available to Africans from SADC countries - criteria/application requirements 
for scholarships are below. A small handful of additional non-sponsored spaces 
are also available for a fee on a first-come-first-serve basis to any 
professional working in SADC countries who may not meet the other criteria 
below. To apply for the scholarship, please review the requirements under 
"Scholarship Applicants" below and send your application materials to 
SCBItraining@xxxxxx with the text "HWCC scholarship application" in the subject 

To register for one of the open seats, without the scholarship, please visit 
HWCC's website for details on who should apply and registration fee information 
(www.humanwildlifeconflict.org under "conflict training" and "Botswana"). 
Information on who should apply and costs are also included below under 
"Fee-based Registration".

Scholarship Applicants:

Scholarship applications are due by March 26, 2012. We actively seek to create 
gender balance in these trainings. Female professionals are encouraged to 
apply. Awardees will be notified by email by April 20th. Registration for paid 
seats is due by May 4, 2012 but you are encouraged to register early, as recent 
trainings have sold out before the registration deadline. 

Obligations and commitments of scholarship winners:

1.     Participation in all days of an intensive six day training in June, 2012 
(arrival, Sunday June 3rd; departure Sunday, June 10th)

2.     A commitment to share lessons learned through mini-trainings led by 
scholarship winner and conducted for a minimum of 35 colleagues, stakeholders 
and others relevant to participants' work.

3.     Provision of a brief report by November 2012 to HWCC on each of the 
following: (1) the participants' progress in implementing and integrating the 
plan developed during the training, (2) summaries of the mini-trainings 
conducted to share lessons learned, (3) any evidence of change in their 
institution or project as a result of the conflict intervention plans they 
initiated, and (4) participation record, including names and institutions of 
those who participated in the mini-trainings.

4.     Availability and interest of participant to continue to communicate with 
and develop a community of practice with the other participants in the training 
and with their colleagues across Southern Africa. This is necessary so that a 
community of practice around transforming conflict begins to develop across the 


Applicants must submit the following by March 21, 2012 to be considered for the 

 1. A 2 page description of your work, position and project as it relates to 
human-wildlife conflict or other wildlife conservation-related conflicts. In 
particular, please describe the human-human conflicts about wildlife that may 
impede upon your ability to achieve your conservation goals.  Please include 
responses to the following in your summary and provide all answers in a single 
MS Word document submitted to SCBItraining@xxxxxx with "HWCC scholarship 
application" written in the subject line of the email:

a.      Provide your name, gender, contact information, organizational 
affiliation, title, major responsibilities and brief job description. (½ page 
in length)

b.     Briefly describe the area of conservation importance in which you work 
and a brief summary of the human-human conflicts (or potential for conflicts) 
that exist that may impede your ability to achieve all of your desired 
conservation goals. (1/2 page in length)

c.      Describe how you would benefit from the training. Details on the 
training are available at www.humanwildlifeconflict.org under "Conflict 
Training" and "Botswana". d.     Describe how you would benefit from developing 
a community of practice and communication with a broader network of 
stakeholders both within your project area and country and within SADC. How 
would others benefit from your participation in and leadership role in creating 
a community of practice around transforming conservation conflicts across SADC. 
(1/4 page in length)

e.      d. Explain your commitment to sharing what you've learned in the 
training with your institution, project and with the stakeholders with whom you 
work. Please provide specifics (Who? How? When? Where?) as to how you will 
share what you've learned post-training, as well as what limitations you 
foresee in making these mini-trainings happen. You must have the support of 
your supervisor and institution in terms of time (1/2 day session for a minimum 
of 2 sessions plus travel time) and travel costs to ensure you can deliver a 
mini-training/sharing of lessons learned session to a minimum of 35 people in 
at least two different sessions. These sessions can be integrated as part of 
your existing work plans. (1/2 page in length)

e. Please provide an estimate of your travel costs to Gaborone, Botswana. 

3.     Please provide a letter of support from your supervisor. Your 
supervisor's support should include:  1. Support to build your capacity to 
analyze human conflict dynamics around wildlife issues and more holistically 
and effectively address wildlife conflicts as a result, 2.  Improve 
cross-border cooperation and collaboration around human-wildlife conflicts and 
wildlife conservation issues in SADC, 3.  Lay the groundwork for and begin 
building a community of practice across SADC for the improved and shared 
capacity of African professionals to address conflict in conservation. 4,  
Develop and implement a share-the-training effort so that the capacity benefits 
to current scholarship winners also benefits wider communities of staff, 
colleagues, stakeholders and field professionals across SADC (35 conservation 
professionals and/or stakeholders per scholarship participant), 5. Empower the 
scholarship winner to be more effective not only in addressing wildlife issues, 
but also in ensuring that the communities they serve, those that support (or 
are asked to support) wildlife conservation, have a positive and equitable 
voice in wildlife

4.     Please provide your current CV.

Fee-Based Registration

A handful of non-sponsored spaces are also available for this HWCC training for 
a fee on a first-come-first-serve basis to any professional working in SADC 
countries who may not meet the other criteria for scholarship applicants. The 
cost of the six-day training is $1500 USD. This fee covers registration for the 
course, all course materials and a daily lunch, but it does not cover room and 
board during the training period. Registration for paid seats is due by May 4, 
2012 but you are encouraged to register early, as recent trainings have sold 
out before the registration deadline.

Participants who should register for the fee-based seats, without applying for 
the scholarship, include:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·       <!--[endif]-->Professionals or students 
working/studying in SADC who are not African citizens

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·       <!--[endif]-->Those who do not feel they can 
fulfill the obligations in the application process or of the implementation and 
reporting requirements of scholarship recipients, including the requirement to 
facilitate mini-trainings and document changes in their work

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·       <!--[endif]-->Those who want a guaranteed 
place in the training now. (We anticipate based on past scholarship programs 
that this will be a very highly competitive process.)

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·       <!--[endif]-->Students or other professionals 
who have a strong interest in this topic but are not currently working in a 
position/project where they would be considered ideal for the scholarship 

The Rationale: 

Wildlife conservation professionals continually deal with the complexities of 
human conflict in their conservation efforts.  Conflicts that are seemingly 
between people and wildlife are more often conflicts between people about 
wildlife. Unfortunately, these issues at the center of conservation conflicts 
often serve as proxies for underlying social conflicts, including struggles 
over group recognition, identity, and status. Too often sound conservation 
programming falters because it fails to address or ignores the multiple levels 
of conflict and the complex web of entrenched interests common to most 
conservation contexts.  For instance, we may limit our understanding of and 
capacity to address the needs and concerns of local people by narrowly focusing 
our efforts on economic fixes, livelihood interests and tactical solutions to 
wildlife depredation, when more elusive factors such as empowerment, respect 
and trust are among the unspoken and pervasive concerns that may ultimately 
undermine conservation's efforts, even those designed to offset the tangible 
costs of conservation to local people. Thus, it is critical that we advance 
wildlife conservation professionals proficient at analyzing and addressing 
complex conservation conflicts.   

In June 2012, HWCC will facilitate a capacity building workshop in Botswana for 
conservation professionals working on human-wildlife conflict (HWC) across 
SADC. Through these scholarships, we hope to specifically build capacity of and 
empower African citizens who have or may be afforded the capacity to influence 
wildlife conservation activities on the ground locally as well as across the 
region, but may not be currently in a position to afford the costs associated 
with participation in this capacity building process. This grant will support 
the cost of their participation, travel, lodging and meals. We anticipate 
significant secondary "ripple effects" post-training as a result of a 
specialized trainer-of-trainers session conducted during the June capacity 
building workshop and specifically designed for these African conservationists. 
Further, the selection process to determine which individuals will participate 
in the capacity building workshop is designed to yield participants with the 
capacity to nurture and grow a community of practice across the entire region. 
And, by choosing individuals with influence and outreach potential we can 
ensure that the lessons they learn from the training will influence not only 
their actions on the ground, but those of their staff, colleagues and 
collaborators, as well. 

The Training:

HWCC experiential courses draw upon the best practices for addressing complex 
conservation conflicts and cultivating sustainable conservation solutions. 
Employing principles and strategies identified and developed by the 
Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, participants will design and implement a 
Conservation Conflict Intervention Plan (CCIP) individually tailored for their 
respective field site or other professional focus. HWCC's collaborative 
learning process begins by addressing the theory, principles and practice of 
transforming complex conservation conflicts into positive, sustainable change.  
 Participants improve their capacity to analyze complex conflict dynamics, 
anticipate and address conflicts as they arise, and address long-standing 
conflicts that may impede new progress. By accurately analyzing conflicts and 
facilitating appropriate processes for addressing them, professionals can 
determine root causes, build a foundation for trust and respect among 
stakeholders, and unearth fertile ground for sowing and cultivating sustainable 
conservation solutions. 

Specifically, participants will learn how to apply a variety of tools to 
conduct a multi-level conflict analyses and will demonstrate those tools using 
tailored case studies. Participants will learn essential theory, skills, 
strategies and processes, all of which are critical to dealing effectively with 
a variety of conflict situations. Participants will learn how to design and 
lead multi-stakeholder decision making processes and will be afforded 
opportunities to test their learning and practice in a supportive setting. They 
will also investigate the principles of designing long term conservation 
conflict transformation strategies.  This will include exploring how to use 
interventions addressing conservation conflict as entry points to transform the 
longer-term, structural and systemic conflicts that may undermine conservation 
goals.  Even though the roots of these conflicts may have their beginnings in 
other sectors of society, their impacts are felt profoundly in conservation 
realities. Participants will leave this training with an individual 
Conservation Conflict Intervention Plan (CCIP) to address both the immediate 
conflict intervention and longer-term strategic vision and goals for their 

Participants of the HWCC training will develop a community of practice around 
conservation conflict resolution, using a common language to investigate 
conflict dilemmas, a shared set of tools and approaches to analyze and address 
conflict, and a community of resource professionals who can continue to provide 
mutual support in addressing conflict in their efforts to conserve wildlife and 
wild places. 

Francine Madden
Co-Founder/Executive Director
Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC)
c/o The Wildlife Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Ste 200
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
202 986 0067 (office)
202 746 4421 (cell)


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