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Learning together: opportunities and challenges of local communities, scientists and decision makers in conservation education


Learning together: opportunities and challenges of local communities, scientists and decision makers in conservation education

Mon, July 11, 10:30 - 12:30, Room: 303


Karla Ramirez, Lovasoa Razafindravony

Conservation education is bringing together local communities, scientists and decision makers building learning communities in the tropics and the rest of the World, addressing challenges and finding opportunities in the socio political, economic, and ecological dimensions of the local context.

Conservation education is a fundamental process to ensure conservation of nature through citizen participation at different levels. This process creates a learning community that shares knowledges and experiences, coming from different backgrounds and life views. Local communities’ action in the conservation education process is key for the process but challenging in some ways. Socio political, economic and ecological dimensions of the local context where the conservation project or research is been done are sometimes overlooked. It is time to assess the conservation and environmental education as a socio-political process just like conservation is. The goal of this symposium is to provide a conceptual synthesis and evidence of interdisciplinary work in conservation education. In order to do that we will explore and discuss experiences from Madagascar, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Brasil y Estados Unidos. Conceptually our framework for the discussion defines conservation education as a participatory, intercultural, multidimensional and multilevel process. We will analyse the opportunities and challenges of working together in conservation education with local communities, scientists, conservationists, government, and different sectors in challenging contexts. The scope of the symposium will bring together practitioners and scientists to challenge a paradigm of blueprint for conservation education and to propose a context-based and political approach to conservation education.

Building knowledge together: towards an intercultural environmental education in the Cocha Cashu Biological Station, Manu National Park, Peru
Yeissy Sarmiento Guevara*, Karla Ramirez Capetillo and Cesar Flores-Negrón

Engaging with indigenous Amazonian communities to promote coexistence with wildlife and sustainable harvest of natural resources
Peter Gilson*

Environmental Action Civics: Connecting the Community to the Classroom
Raizha Yurivilca Delgado*

The potential of citizen science to promote conservation in the Amazon: An analysis of the use of the ICTIO application
Carolina Doria* and Danielle Pinto

Evaluating the impact of Environmental Education around Ranomafana National Park: opportunities and challenges
Lovasoa Razafindravony*, Mariah Donohue, Ashley Maggy, Michael Docherty, Rehodo Lazasoa, Onjaniaina Rafanomezantsoa, Richard Ramarjaona, Nemese Randriarimanana, Odile Andrianirina Rafanambinantsoa, Hajanirina Randrianarivelo and Patricia Wright

Protected areas in Brazil: Socioenvironmental and educational landscapes
Yanina Micaela Sammarco Sammarco*


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