Professional and Tertiary Education

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The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute offers nature-based education and experiential learning programs. Our courses include:

  • Tertiary-level Educational Experience Programs in partnership with national and international universities, study abroad organisations, and local service providers.

  • Professional Training Programs for, and in partnership with, tourism providers operating in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

  • Tertiary-level and Professional Training Programs in partnership with the Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration


Adaptive Management for Protected Area Conservation in the Asia-Pacific

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute offers a week long training program on the management of natural resources in protected areas in the Asia-Pacific region. Watch the video below to find out more:

Dr Rosalie Chapple

Dr Rosalie Chapple

The program has been offered through the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute as part of the Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration (PALRC) and in partnership with the Wildlife Institute of India (a UNESCO Category 2 training centre) and supported by the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme.

The intensive live-in course gives participants a thorough understanding of adaptive management tools including the internationally recognised Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and monitoring techniques critical for making decisions about complex issues.

The course explores the theory and practice of adaptive management using the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area as a case study with approaches that can be applied to a wide range of cultures and situations.

Participants work in small teams to progress through an adaptive planning, monitoring and management loop, including field monitoring and integrating the data into the decision-making framework. Management issues are explored to reveal underlying problems, to find ways of working with complex and seemingly intractable issues such as climate change.

Enquires about the course can be directed to Dr Rosalie Chapple, Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute.

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