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***ATTENTION***

Due to changes in COVID-19 regulations, the workshop is cancelled.

We do hope to hold the workshop in other time. We will keep you updated.

Location: Hula Valley, Israel

workshop dates: January 23rd - 28th, 2022

Application deadline: December 16th, 2021

Workshop Instructors: Prof. Alistair Bath and Dr. Rona Nadler Valency

Prof. Alistair Bath, PhD, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada.

Professor Bath is a leading researcher of human-wildlife conflicts and human dimensions in natural resource management, member of the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone and the IUCN/SSG Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe.

Prof. Alistair Bath is a full professor at Memorial University with more than 30 years of experience in human-wildlife conflicts and human dimensions in natural resource management issues. He has worked on wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park as well as wolf control issues in Yukon.

Alistair is a member of the IUCN/SSG Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe and has led various research projects throughout Europe on large carnivores. Through human dimension research and his applied human dimensions facilitated workshop approach (AHDFWA), Alistair understands the nature of the conflict and works with groups to understand and address the key issues. He has taught human dimension courses in conservation biology programs, for NGOs, IUCN, Council of Europe, and various government agencies worldwide. Alistair enjoys working with people and finding solutions to conservation challenges that we face today.

Dr. Rona Nadler Valency, Tel-Hai College. DVM and chief of Agamon Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

 Workshop Overview

Human Dimensions (HD) research is a broad field of exploring human-wildlife interactions by understanding attitudes, beliefs, values, behavioral intentions, and behaviors. Such research can help conservation managers understand public attitudes toward various species or habitats. HD studies can focus on identifying types of conflict, the first step toward conflict resolution.

This intensive field workshop will focus on HD in biodiversity resource management and more broadly how to work with people to achieve conservation. The workshop will cover the human dimension approach from a research perspective as well as the applied human dimension facilitated workshop approach developed and implemented by Alistair worldwide. Students will understand HD within the context of public involvement, practice; facilitation skills, strategic planning, conflict resolution and consensus building for successful resolution of human, wildlife and natural resource conflict challenges.

This workshop is a good fit for third year students in natural and environmental sciences, research scientists and professionals in the field of nature conservation who wish to deepen their knowledge in a novel and relevant academic and applied science field which addresses common issues with human-wildlife interactions.

This workshop led by Dr. Alistair Bath will focus on human dimensions (HD) in biodiversity resource management and more broadly how to work with people to achieve conservation. The workshop will cover the human dimension approach from a research perspective as well as the applied perspective. This workshop will help students understand HD within the context of public involvement, facilitation skills, strategic planning, conflict resolution and consensus building for successful resolution of human, wildlife and natural resource conflict challenges.

Main Topics covered during this workshop:

Day 1 –

  1. Introduction to Human Dimensions: setting the context.
  2. Conservation management as a discipline in transition

Day 2 –

  1. Wildlife-human interactions and perceptions of conflict
  2. Human Dimensions

Day 3 –

  1. Human Dimensions and Public Involvement (P.I.)
  2. Field work - Introduction to Farmer-Crane conflict in the Hula Valley as study case

Day 4 –  

  1. Field work - Rancher-Wolf conflict in the Golan Heights as a study case
  2. P.I. - who? when? where? why? what?

Day 5 –   

  1. Decision-making in conservation management
  2. Integrating HD research to create applied conservation solutions

Day 6 – wrap up day.

Application instructions

To apply, please fill out the application form. No fees are due until you are accepted to the workshop:

https://openforms.telhai.ac.il/en/form/human-wildlife-interaction-appli

Payment

Registration Fee (non-refundable)65₪ / 20$
External/International Students and Postdocs1,200₪ / 375$ 
Professionals / Academic Faculty / Other2,400₪ / 750$

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of participation until December 23rd – 100% refund, (less bank transfer/credit card fees and registration fees).

Cancellation of participation between December 23rd and January 16th – 50% refund (less bank transfer/credit card fees and registration fees).

Cancellation of participation after January 16th – no refund.

Please note that the cancellation notice should be submitted in writing to [email protected] and approved by email by the workshop team.

Registration and payment – relevant link will be sent to the applicants by email.

*Opening of the workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

COVID-19

Please note that Ministry of Health COVID-19 regulations may affect the workshop.
Updates will follow.

Eligibility:

This workshop is intended for third year students, academics, and professionals in governmental organizations and NGOs.

The workshop will be taught in English.

Students can obtain 2 credit points (subject to their home institution's approval).

For further information please contact: [email protected]

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