Training, Awards and Capacity-building

TRAINING

Resource Mobilization. The Partnership and Business Development Division (PBDD) of IDRC has funded a small micro-grant initiative in Asia as part of resource mobilization capacity building in Model Forests . The micro-grants are designed to provide Model Forests with a hands-on opportunity to build upon the knowledge they gained during a December 2004 regional workshop on enhancing financial sustainability and resource mobilizations skills.

Research Workshop on Collective Action and Market Access for Smallholders. October 2–6, 2006, Cali, Colombia. This research workshop aims to advance conceptual and empirical understandings of the role of collective action institutions (e.g. rules and norms, producer organizations, cooperatives, etc.) in improving market access for the rural poor. For more information, please go to http://www.capri.cgiar.org/wks_marketrel.asp.

CUSO Cooperants Meet. The first meeting of CUSO cooperants placed in Latin American Model Forests took place from March 22 to the 25th in Chiloé Model Forest, Chile. More than 25 cooperants, Model Forest partners and CUSO staff attended the meeting where participants evaluated ways to improve the effectiveness of cooperation between CUSO and Latin American Model Forests. For more information, please visit the Chiloé Model Forest website.

Climate Change Workshop. The McGregor Model Forest Association, in partnership with FORREX and the University of Northern BC, hosted a climate change workshop May 17, 2006, in Prince George, BC.  The workshop was designed to help communities prepare for the potential impacts caused by climate change, recognize areas of vulnerability and move toward making adaptations to reduce risks. 

AWARDS

Funding Initiative for Multidisciplinary Research: The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading. The European Science Foundation (ESF) is launching a first Call for Outline Proposals for collaborative research projects to be undertaken within the EUROCORES program “TECT”. The program will run for 3-4 years, depending on regulations of the participating funding bodies. It includes national research funding, as well as support for networking and dissemination activities currently provided by the ESF2 . The program aims to support high quality multidisciplinary research. The TECT Call for Outline Proposals is now open. For more information, please go to http://www.esf.org/articles/602/TECTCall10.04.06.pdf.

Young Conservationist Award. The award aims to recognize and raise awareness of the outstanding contributions made to the management of protected areas and leadership shown by young conservationists. Nominations/applications are invited for/from young people working in conservation and actively managing protected areas such as rangers, interpreters, policy makers, scientists, and people working with local communities or for government agencies, the private sector and non-government organizations. For more information, please go to http://www.iucn.org/themes/wcpa/wcpa/youthaward.html

Half-scholarships for Model Forest representatives in a Diversified Management of Forests. LAC-Net has made available half- scholarships for proposed candidates to participate in the XVII International Course for Intensive Management of Diversified Natural Forests. Applicants must have the endorsement of the board of directors of their Model Forest.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Communications Discussion Board Proposal. The International Model Forest Network Secretariat is seeking feedback on a proposal to develop an online communications discussion board. The site would be administered by the IMFNS and cover a different communications-related subject on a regular basis. English, French and Spanish would be the primary languages of operation. The proposal was developed to address common communications resource, knowledge and experience gaps faced by many Model Forests. It is also hoped that the discussion board will help guide the IMFNS in its communications functions. We invite comments from Model Forest staff, partners, donors and supporters alike. Please note the deadline for comment is July 1, 2006.

  • Go to the IMFNS Online Communications Group Proposal

Restoration of Forest Landscapes. Recently launched as an electronic discussion regarding international issues related to landscapes, this group is a space to share experiences and resources, to look for consultants and to promote ideas with colleagues in similar fields. It is facilitated by the Global Alliance for the Restoration of the Forest Landscape and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The site operates in English. In order to participate, send an email to flr-join@indaba.iucn.org with the title "Join FLR List serve."

Building Electronic Communities and Networks. Released April 26, 2006, this is the latest in the FAO IMARK series of well-designed, interactive learning modules freely available on the Internet. For low-connectivity users it is also available on CD. If you are a member of a network, community of practice, or moderator of a group or online community, "Building Electronic Communities and Networks" might be for you. The module is available from the IMFN website at http://www.imfn.net/en/ev-45841-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html  or at http://www.imarkgroup.org/modulelist_en.asp.

Community of Practice (CoP) Facilitation. This online training module is designed to achieve five objectives: 1. Develop a shared understanding of Communities of Practice. 2. Clarify the role of a facilitator of a CoP, including the differences between face-to-face facilitation and online facilitation. 3. Begin to develop skills in facilitating online Communities of Practice. 4. Learn how to set up an online Community using Yahoo! Groups. 5. Develop an action plan for facilitating a Community of Practice. For more information, please go to http://www.bellanet.org/itrain/materials_en.cfm.