Education & Training

Students from the Master of Environmental Management program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, studying protected area management in the Blue Mountains.

Students from the Master of Environmental Management program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, studying protected area management in the Blue Mountains.

The Institute offers a range of programs in higher and secondary education, professional development (especially for protected area managers) and public engagement. Our courses emphasize experiential and nature-based learning, and are often delivered in partnership with the Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC) and the Master of Environmental Management program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Courses are designed to build leadership and capacity in conservation in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Institute’s Board Director and Education Program Leader, Dr Rosalie Chapple, recently completed a review for PALRC on protected area capacity building needs for Australia and the Asia- Pacific. The report informs development of the Institute’s education and training program and can be accessed here.

CuRRENT PROgramS

ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR CONSERVATION.
5 DAY TRAINING COURSE

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, in partnership with Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC), offers an immersive, five day learning experience that aims to give participants a good understanding of the theory and practice of adaptive management tools through the internationally recognised Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. 

WORLD HERITAGE TRAINING PACKAGE FOR BLUE MOUNTAINS TOURISM BUSINESSES

The Institute is developing a training package for tourism operators with the aim of building tourism industry knowledge of the World Heritage Area and its values to enhance visitor experiences. A pilot program was delivered for key local tourism businesses in 2018, with the recommendations from that program having just been published. Click below to access the report.

ONLINE RESOURCES fOR ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT COURSE PARTICIPANTS

Students enrolled in the Adaptive Management for Conservation course can access online resources by clicking on the button below.

REports & Publications

Adaptive Management Training for Protected Areas in the Asia-Pacific. Chapple, R. 2018

Home to Us All: How Connecting with Nature Helps Us Care for Ourselves and the Earth. Children & Nature Network and IUCN ♯NatureForAll campaign. 2018

Knowledge and Stewardship of World Heritage Values by Tourism Operators in the Blue Mountains. Chapple R, Boag C, Schwarz S and Bartlett J. 2019

Connecting Nature Connection Activities in Australia. Colahan C. and Chapple R. 2019


pARTNERSHIPS

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The Institute is a partner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s #NatureForAll movement, a global initiative to build support for nature conservation around the world by promoting nature-based learning and human connections with the natural world. For more information on the #NatureForAll movement see http://natureforall.global/australia

Our Education & Training program leader, Dr Rosalie Chapple, promoting the #NatureForAll initiative in Bhutan.

Our Education & Training program leader, Dr Rosalie Chapple, promoting the #NatureForAll initiative in Bhutan.

In support of the IUCN NatureForAll campaign, the Institute recently engaged Claire Colahan, a Master of Environmental Management student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, to undertake a research internship to gather information about nature connection efforts in Australia.

Claire conducted an online survey that was circulated widely across Australia through our networks, and it identified a total of 184 nature connection efforts being undertaken across Australia involving people of all ages and demographics across urban, rural and regional areas.

This survey remains open to allow further nature connection projects to continue to be recorded, so if you are involved in nature connection work, we would love to hear from you! The survey can be accessed here.

To read the findings of the report click here.
To see the full list of nature connection activities recorded to date in Australia click here.

PROGRAM pARTNERS

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