Protected Area Management Course
Detailed information for 2013 Course (July 3 - August 3, 2013):
(to download these documents in PDF format, Adobe Acrobat is required)
- Detailed course description (Spanish only) PDF
- Course brochure English | Spanish
- Course flyer Spanish
- Application form Spanish
Before soliciting admission to the course, please be sure to read the detailed course description available above. All documents requested should be submitted together at the same time. You will not be able to submit additional documents at a later date. Any additional documents will have to be submitted to course organizers through email.
This one-month course, taught in Spanish, has been organized annually for over 22 years by the Center for Protected Area Management and Training at Colorado State University (CSU). The course, coordinated by Jim Barborak and Ryan Finchum, is designed for participants from Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations in Latin America, Africa and Europe that are directly involved in planning and management of protected areas, buffer zones and conservation corridors. The course is coordinated by CSU in collaboration with the Office of International Programs of the United States Forest Service. Instructors include Dr. Craig MacFarland, Jim Wurz, Dr. George Wallace and Larry Lechner from CSU. The course is conducted with cooperation from not only the US Forest Service but also from other US federal agencies including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation, as well as non-governmental organizations and state and municipal governments. Approximately 22 participants will be selected for the course operating out of Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University, which is about one hour north of Denver. Much of the course, however, is spent in the field during vigorous field trips and practical exercises carried out in private, municipal, state and federal protected areas demonstrating a range of different management categories, techniques and governance types in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
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CSU does not directly manage scholarships for the course. Potential applicants should search widely for funding from national and international sources. The US Forest Service and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) usually support a number of candidates from countries in Latin America and Africa. Candidates from Andean and Amazonian countries and some African national can look into the WWF Education for Nature program. Depending on the country, region, and institution where an applicant works, a number of different sources might be available including UN organizations (FAO, PNUD, PNUMA, UNESCO-World Heritage), the Ramsar Convention, national foundations and conservation NGOs, and international NGOs and foundations (like IUCN, TNC, WWF, CI, FFI, WCS, the Moore Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, etc.). Candidates should also contact embassies of developed nations and offices of bilateral donors such as GIZ, DFID, as well as national and project offices for multilateral agencies including the World Bank, OAS, Inter-American Development Bank, GEF, and the European Union. Participants that obtain at least some counterpart support from their own agency or other national sources, for example for airfares, usually have greater probabilities of obtaining additional outside support.A good source of information can be found on Terra Viva Grants' webpage, www.terravivagrants.org