HWCC’s Conservation and Conflict Training

The Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) is offering two Conservation and Conflict Experiential Trainings in 2009 in Washington, DC. These highly acclaimed 3-day trainings will be held June 1-3 and Sept 9-11. Registration deadlines are one month in advance of the trainings. Availability is on a first-come-first serve basis and space is limited. Please visit our website for more information:  www.humanwildlifeconflict.org

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Happy New Year and all the best in your work!

Francine Madden, Executive Director


Conservation and Conflict:

An Experiential Training in the Skills, Theory and Process Conservation Professionals Need to Better Analyze and Address Conflict

Overview: Conservation professionals deal with complex and diverse
forms of conflict in many aspects of their work. Even conflicts that are seemingly between people and wildlife, are usually more a conflict between people about wildlife. Currently, conservation is hampered by professionals’ inability to address these conflicts effectively, as practitioners are often well schooled in biological and ecological sciences, but less so in dealing with the very prominent human dimension of their work. However, if conservation goals are to be reached professionals need the capacity to analyze conflict dynamics, anticipate and address conflicts as they arise, and reconcile old conflicts that may impede new progress. In addressing conflict, process is critical. So often we focus on the project output and then wonder why that output did not have quite the powerful or positive results we had hoped for. Often this is because the process in which the project was determined or implemented was not appropriate for the situational and relationship complexities or it failed to provide the opportunity to address the multiple levels of the conflict. By accurately analyzing the conflict and facilitating a more appropriate process to address that conflict, professionals can determine the root causes of the conflict, build a foundation for trust and respect among stakeholders, and thereby unearth the fertile ground for implementing sustainable conservation solutions.

The Training: The Conservation and Conflict Experiential Training is a must for any conservation professional who deals with conflict between people and wildlife or between people about wildlife. In order to be more successful, conservation professionals need to become more proficient at analyzing and addressing conflict on every level.
Moreover, many wildlife issues at the center of conversation conflicts often serve as symbols for other conflicts that do not involve conservation directly, like struggles for group recognition, identity, and status.

The objective of this course is to improve the ability of conservation practitioners to understand conflict dynamics and establish more effective ways to address them. Participants will accomplish this by drawing on tools, processes, and theory developed in the field of identity-based conflict resolution that have shown to be applicable to conservation realities. As a result, conservation practitioners will possess a broader set of skills to ensure that conservation solutions are more successful and sustainable.

Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this 3 day training,
participants should be able to:

• Explain principles and theory behind effective conflict resolution
processes and the role of neutral facilitation in conflict prevention and mitigation efforts
• Better understand conflict dynamics after applying different conflict
analysis models
• Understand the role of identity in conflict and how values and beliefs
impact our experience of conflict
• Strategize about different types of processes for addressing conflict
in conservation
• Design and initiate processes to address conflict between individuals
and among stakeholders
• Better understand our reactions to conflict and develop strategies for
more effective responses to conflict

NOTE: In addition to regularly scheduled Washington, DC-based trainings, this course can be customized for your organization’s staff, conducted as a short course for students, or conducted in situ as a conflict intervention organized around a specific conservation conflict. For additional information on how HWCC can customize this training for you, for fee schedules, and other inquiries, please contact Francine Madden at fmmadden@comcast.net or 1-202-986-0067.