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Importance of PoWIB as a template for Capcity Building and Education [#1010]
The PoWIB has put in writing at the highest level the critical importance of island biodiversity as foundation for sustainable development, its highly threatened status, and clear targets for action, which, although often hard to measure, are guidelines for all our work in both the actual conservation as well as awareness raising of the issues, without which all our program of mainstreaming will fail. Although it is hard to actually measure, by having the problems and goals clearly stated, has given credence and input to our teaching, research and awareness programs that are slowly providing the human resources and the understanding of the issues required to achieve the targets, successfully implement sustainable initiatives and to "mainstream" biodiversity conservation.

Perhaps, the most glaring gap is the formal commitment in the PoWIB, under knowledge management and capacity building, to set clear fundable targets on support for the formal training of conservation and biodiversity-based sustainable development scientists in island countries. As a result, many of the conservation initiatives that have been implemented using the leverage of the PoWIB, do not have a clear component that funds undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships in fields that will insure the sustainability of biodiversity conservation in the region. As a result, the best regional island biodiversity scientists are often scooped up by international and regional NGOs, leaving skeleton crews on deck in the ministries that are supposed to implement NBSAPS and achieve the targets of the PoWIB . In short, for the long-term success of IB conservation, we must have a systematic plant for continued human resource development to support it.

There is also a need for clear direction and goals for the mainstreaming of island biodiversity studies in the school curricula at all levels, as a basis for producing future leaders who understand the issues.
posted on 2011-12-01 22:25 UTC by Dr Randolph Thaman, University of the South Paicifc
 
RE: Importance of PoWIB as a template for Capcity Building and Education [#1014]
I concur wholehartedly with this post. An Essential element is capacity building in all its dimensions specifically focussed on islands. Not only in the organised education system but in the local communities and among grasssroot organizations. Community education and public awareness is essential for providing clear linkages with poverty eradication and enhanced livelihoods. The POW must leverage in this area. Yes there is a dearth of island specific peer reviewed technical articles. Yes there is the issue of data in appropriate depth and time series the POW has a role there too and sadly not enough focus on leveraging for capacity at all levels
(edited on 2011-12-02 04:59 UTC by Dr. Spencer Thomas)
posted on 2011-12-02 04:56 UTC by Dr. Spencer Thomas
 
RE: Importance of PoWIB as a template for Capcity Building and Education [#1027]
The islands have unique biodiversity, which form the basis of livelihoods, human wellbeing and their health, their society and economy. These are some of the key themes that need to be central to the importance of POWIB as a template for capacity building and education. However, it is important to give equal attention, within the CBD international level, to both the FORMAL and INFORMAL CAPACITY BUILDING AND EDUCATION. As much as it is important to strengthen capacity building and education at the formal level (within the primary, secondary and tertiary and post-tertiary education), POWIB needs to be useful and instrumental also in paving the way and bridging the gap, for local communities who do not have formal education, yet they depend on island biodiversity for their survival, development and income generation. For this, it is important that the POWIB is enhanced to address the capacity building and education needs at both the formal and informal levels.
posted on 2011-12-09 12:09 UTC by Ms Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development
 

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