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16.6.2022 – The Focus Group “Discussing Training Needs in Ecological Restoration in Europe” will be held online on 20 June, with decision-makers or promoters of Ecological Restoration from a variety of EU organizations.
14.6.2022 – The TRAIN#ER Survey was launched in the Czech Republic this week. About one hundred experts, practitioners, and training providers were invited to take part in the survey that aims to determine the flow of knowledge and information among experts who are engaged in ecological restoration. The results of the survey will contribute to design professional educational programs.
TRAIN#ER overview: How do we identify Training needs in Ecological Restoration?
TRAIN#ER aims to achieve a shared model for vocational training needs in Ecological Restoration (ER), based on a common analysis of knowledge production and use in the participating countries and a final joint definition of recommendations.
Implemented by a consortium of 8 organizations, TRAIN#ER will identify knowledge from educators and users, detect gaps in knowledge production and transfer, and contribute to designing effective vocational training programs that integrate the specificities of the different socio-ecological systems, scientific and technical skills, including language, inclusion and cultural barriers.
A survey will be conducted, addressed to a wide range of organisations in the ER sector, to capture their trainning needs, bringing a wide, diverse and inclusive scope of their training and education needs. The survey results will benefit the whole professional sector of ecological restoration: academy, students and young professionals, public and private sectors.
The Focus Groups
Focus Groups will be meetings to discuss the current ER training framework, its strengths and weaknesses, challenges, and options for action. Targeted to a wide spectrum of stakeholders in ER, Focus Groups aim to obtain precise and specific opinions and recommendations in ER training, and will contribute to the community of practice and the project outcomes
A workshop will be held to identify the current available offer of ER training at differentscales. A community of practice (CoP) in ER will be designed and outlined for future implementation. A CoP is a group of people who “share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”.
As a result, the CoP will help identify training opportunities and build partnerships between people involved in training programs in RE.
Final Outputs and Results
The expected outputs and results of the project are:
- Identified needs on training in ecological restoration in the private and public sectors. Specific training needs and inclusion of people with fewer opportunities in the ecological restoration sector will be considered
- Outline of a common model of training in restoration ecology
- A report summarizing the results of the Knowledge Exchange workshop
- Summary of the results and recommendations on training needs in ecological restoration into a manuscript for a scientific paper
European chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration | Universidad de Alicante (Spain)| Hochschule Anhalt (Germany) | Jihoceska Univerzita V Ceskych Budejovicich (Czech Republic) |Stiftelsen Norsk Institutt For Naturforskning – NINA (Norway) |Senter For Opplæring I Anleggsgartnerfaget (Norway) |Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic) |Conselleria de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural, Generalitat Valenciana (Spain)
Funded by Erasmus+, Small-scale Partnerships
Project code: 2021-2-BE02-KA210-VET-000049240
Duration: 03/2022 – 02/2023
Project Budget: 60.000 €
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TRAIN#ER Related References and Other Publications
Nicola Favretto,Lindsay C. Stringer,Andrew J. Dougill,Liezl Kruger (2022) Knowledge exchange enhances engagement in ecological restoration and rehabilitation initiatives. Restoration Ecology.
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