Abstract # 6168 Event # 168:

Scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 05:00 PM-06:00 PM: (Cascade F) Roundtable


M. A. Norconk1, S. N. Spehar2, E. P. Riley3 and S. Atsalis4
1Department of Anthropology, Kent State University , Kent, OH 44242, USA, 2University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh WI, 3San Diego State University, San Diego CA, 4Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL
     We began a discussion on building conservation leadership at the 2014 IPS Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam through a presentation by a panel of 10 primatologists with experience in a broad array of habitat countries, including Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Morocco, Peru, Suriname, and Vietnam. Presenters agreed that an important element of conservation practice is building in-country leadership and that given the deep anthropogenic impacts on primate habitats, conservation measures should be incorporated in every research program. Discussion between panel and audience participants raised a number of important suggestions and questions, including: 1) How can field primatologists best integrate research goals and capacity-building where they work? 2) How might primatologists create effective networks with local stakeholders to enhance the impact of training in habitat countries? 3) Can a network of collaborators develop methods to bridge unique characteristics of local communities? and 4) Could the development of “conservation training standards” using techniques such as “teaching-to-teach” extend the breadth and duration of knowledge and impact? In this round-table, we plan to address these questions through guided discussion, widen the conversation to include additional primatologists, and develop social media and other mechanisms to enhance communication among researchers. Ultimately, we aspire to develop a common set of recommendations and guidelines, ideally distributed to ASP members, which encourage and support primatologists in developing conservation leadership efforts.