INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE SOUTHERN CONE SEAS

The training program for Young Leaders of Marine Conservation aims to train professionals with a trans-disciplinary approach, while fostering communication and exchange of experiences between them. The courses are aimed at issues related to the implementation of public policies, societal values , decision making processes, strategic planning, public participation, conflict resolution, communication and education strategies.

In a context of growing conflict regarding use of coastal and marine resources, it is important for students and young professionals to understand the importance of trans-dissciplinary work to be effective in conserving biodiversity. There are various research centers, universities, NGOs and government agencies scattered along the coast of the Patagonian Sea region carrying out relevant activities regarding the marine environment. However, most of these activities are undertaken on an isolated, disciplinary or sectoral basis, focusing in a small group of issues or objectives. In addition, current education programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the conservation of marine resources are not fully adequate to train future professionals in resolution of environmental problems. This is because formal education is focused mainly on technical skills and natural or physical sciences, not taking into account relevant tools from the social sciences, which are essential to address the human dimension of conservation.

Many students and young professionals are conducting or participating in marine conservation projects in isolation along the Patagonian Sea coast. Some of their projects could be complementary and may provide opportunities to share lessons learned. However, given the extent of the territory involved, and economic difficulties for students to travel, there are few occasions for them to meet, learn, share experiences and coordinate efforts. The Training Program for Young Leaders in Marine Conservation started in 2010 in order to address this problem. Within the target audience there are graduate students, researchers and young professionals and any person who performs relevant activities in the field of marine conservation, either for management, education or research, in the governmental, corporate and civil society sectors.

The objectives of this program are:

  • To stimulate the interest of participants in the human dimension of conservation.
  • Provide students with opportunities to integrate local knowledge about their environment in the complex coastal marine ecosystem of the Patagonian Sea.
  • Strengthen communication between young people who are active in marine conservation in the Patagonian Sea, through the creation of a Network of Young Leaders in Marine Conservation.

 

The program has so far developed three training courses:

  1. The Human Dimension of Conservation (CENPAT - CONICET, Puerto Madryn, August 22 to 31  2010).
  2. Strengthening capacities for democratic transformation of socio-environmental conflicts (National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco -UNPSJB, Puerto Madryn, September 6 to 9 2011).
  3. Third Meeting of the Network of Young Leaders in Marine Conservation (August 6 to 9, 2012). It included a workshop on project development and other on effective interpersonal communication.


Participants

The training program had a total of 40 young and mid-age participants working in different parts of the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Their background was  biology, environmental engineering, park rangers, psychology, economy and law, and all of them had relevant positions regarding marine conservation. For example, some of them are related to NGOs, others work in governmental agencies or the academia.




Dynamics

Classes have workshop format that enables problem solving, combining theoretical presentations, discussion of readings, case studies, debates, group activities and role-playing. Each day includes presentations of invited researchers and practitioners from NGOs currently leading conservation initiatives in the Patagonian Sea. After completing the course we usually organize a field trip where participants have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with different stakeholders related to marine conservation.

EnglishEspañol (spanish)

News

Prev Next

IMPAC 4 ends with a Call for Action for the Oceans by Chile

IMPAC 4 ends with a Call for Action for the Oceans by Chile

A call that seeks to unite all the nations of the world around the moto “Bringing People and the Oceans together”, ends the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 4). The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence added its voice through 5 proposals presented during the world’s largest ocean conservation meeting.

El Foro en el Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas

El Foro en el Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas

La 4ta edición del Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas (International Marine Protected Areas Congress o IMPAC4), se celebrará en Chile del 4 al 9 de septiembre, y el Foro para la Conservación del Mar Patagónico y Áreas de Influencia estará presente a través de una serie de propuestas.  

Primer curso sobre Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur

Primer curso sobre Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur

Nuevas Áreas Marinas Protegidas (AMP) son creadas en la región y el mundo, pero su figura no resulta suficiente para preservar los valores naturales del mar. Hoy, la implementación efectiva de esta herramienta es débil. Su éxito depende, en gran medida, del fortalecimiento de las instituciones a cargo de su gestión, con recursos humanos disponibles y capacitados.  

Featured Area

CAleta Tortel

Caleta Tortel
This site comprises the waters and fjords of the comuna Tortel in Chile. To the southwest the area includes islands of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park....

More..

taludRdPlata

Clean Patagonian Sea

In the waters of the Patagonian Sea various pollutants are detected, such as hydrocarbons, heavy metals, persistent toxic substances (PCB and others), effluent discharges that cause eutrophication and urban solid waste. Petroleum-derived hydrocarbons affect coastal and...

More

Lighthouses of the Patagonian Sea

Mirunga leonina

The Forum has identified 22 marine areas of high ecological importance (Forum Lighthouses) on the basis of: concentrations of biodiversity; provision of key habitat for endemic or threatened species; contributions to ecosystem function and services; and economic, social, and cultural value to human ...

More

Marine protected areas

The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence, with the support of Oceans5, works to ensure an effectively managed system of regional marine protected areas in Argentina and Chile.

More

Recent activities

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

IMPAC 4 ends with a Call for Action for the Oceans by Chile

A call that seeks to unite all the nations of the world around the moto “Bringing People and the Oceans together”, ends the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 4). The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence added its voice through 5 proposals presented during the world’s largest ocean conservation meeting.

El Foro en el Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Proteg…

La 4ta edición del Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas (International Marine Protected Areas Congress o IMPAC4), se celebrará en Chile del 4 al 9 de septiembre, y el Foro para la Conservación del Mar Patagónico y Áreas de Influencia estará presente a través de una serie de propuestas.  

Primer curso sobre Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur

Nuevas Áreas Marinas Protegidas (AMP) son creadas en la región y el mundo, pero su figura no resulta suficiente para preservar los valores naturales del mar. Hoy, la implementación efectiva de esta herramienta es débil. Su éxito depende, en gran medida, del fortalecimiento de las instituciones a cargo de su gestión, con recursos humanos disponibles y capacitados.  

Scroll To Top