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). Courses overall 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 COURSE - SEPTEMBER 23-27, 2019

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, in partnership with PALRC, offers a five-day intensive training program that aims to give participants a good understanding of adaptive management tools through the internationally recognised Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. 

Participants of the November 2018 Adaptive Management course at Govett’s Leap in Blackheath. Dr John Merson (far right).

Participants of the November 2018 Adaptive Management course at Govett’s Leap in Blackheath. Dr John Merson (far right).

Now in its 3rd year, the Adaptive Management course provides an immersive, week-long learning experience for participants to gain an understanding of the theory and practice of adaptive management, particularly of protected areas, with approaches that can be applied to a wide range of situations. 

This year, the course will run from Sept 23-27 in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney.  

This is the one adaptive management course you should make time to attend. It will provide you with a clear and logical planning pathway applicable to any management, project or program plan writing task. If like many of us you are operating within an existing planning framework, you will need to allow yourself time afterwards to integrate the best practice provided with your organisations requirements. But the beauty of this course is that the steps outlined are so credible and complete that it’s a straight forward task to identify where and how they should apply in your own world.”  Wil Allen, Team Leader, Planning, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, and participant in November 2018 course.

For further details please download this flyer.

Enquiries and expressions of interest: Dr Rosalie Chapple r.chapple@bmwhi.org.au

Watch the video below to see an overview of the November 2018 course:

UNSW MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (ANNUAL) - 3 DAY FIELD TRIP

Each year the Institute hosts a 3-day field trip for the University of NSW (UNSW) Master of Environmental Management students. Students meet with a range of local people including the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Blue Mountains City Council and local Indigenous community members “to face the realities and the nitty-gritties of daily management challenges, especially for large and complex protected ecosystems. You don't get that kind of learning sitting in a classroom. It also gives students the chance to talk to experts in the field (literally) and such an opportunity in university life is rare” (UNSW student).

WORLD HERITAGE TRAINING PACKAGE FOR BLUE MOUNTAINS TOURISM BUSINESSES

Dr Rosalie Chapple & Dr John Merson (centre) with Patrice Guerroro and tourist operators at Scenic World.

Dr Rosalie Chapple & Dr John Merson (centre) with Patrice Guerroro and tourist operators at Scenic World.

A new training initiative of the Institute is the development of a World Heritage training package in 2018 for tourism operators, in partnership with the National Parks & Wildlife Service (Blue Mountains Branch & Park Cultural Values & Planning Branch), and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Advisory Committee. A key purpose of the program is to build 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 a two-hour indoor training session and a two-hour outdoor interpretive session.

Course enquiries & expressions of interest: Dr Rosalie Chapple r.chapple@bmwhi.org.au 

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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.

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 list of nature connection activities recorded to date in Australia click here.

REPORTS

Asia-Pacific Adaptive Management Training Program - BMWHI Report 2018 - (download pdf)

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

2019. Colahan C. and Chapple R. Connecting Nature Connection Activities in Australia. Report for the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute - (download pdf)


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