TRAINING PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICA
The MBG-CCSD program offers both short- and longer-term training. The various training components provide a solid basis of knowledge to help undergraduate and graduate students advance in their academic studies while contributing to the formation of qualified professionals able to assume leadership roles in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Training is both theoretical and practical, with an emphasis upon field-based instruction in research methodologies, in collecting and managing botanical and ecological data, and in analyzing and applying this information for conservation decision-making. Participants conduct research under the guidance of professional biologists within the context of MBG's research programs in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru and gain understanding of the issues and problems of natural resource management in the field. Above all, the program seeks to nurture critical thinking abilities and to develop biologists and conservationists with a strong strategic vision for preservation of their countries' natural resources.
The MBG-CCSD training programs in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru prepare young biologists to engage in biological or conservation research, to plan and implement conservation programs, and to evaluate the effects of development programs on the environment. Program alumni are working in both the public and the private sectors and are contributing significantly to conservation efforts within their respective countries.
The Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships, awarded annually to Latin American female botanists, the Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships, awarded annually to male and female botanists from Latin America, and the MBG Fellowships, awarded annually to male and female botanists from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, provide additional opportunities for training. Fellowship recipients visit MBG for a one- to three-month period to conduct botanical and ecological studies using MBG's facilities.
Major collaborators with MBG and CCSD in the training programs include the following:
Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz
Herbario Nacional del Ecuador, Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, Quito
Asociación para el Manejo de la Reserva Comunal Yanesha (AMARCY), Oxapampa