Bonn, 13 December 2010 – A sub-regional Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on “The flyway approach to the conservation and wise use of waterbirds and wetlands” took place in Astana and Korgalzhin Nature Reserve, Kazakhstan from 25-30 October 2010.
The workshop was organised by Wetlands International in cooperation with the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK) in the framework of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project with co-funding received from the Ramsar regional center for Central & West Asia.
The six-day WOW ToT course aimed at strengthening the capacity of regional trainers in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Iran on the flyway conservation approach using the new WOW Flyway Training Kit.
The course engaged a total of 16 people from a number of AEWA Range countries in the sub-region, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan. The trainees were key personnel from the Universities, academic institutes, nature reserves, governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations dealing with waterbird conservation. The trainer’s team consisted of Viktoria Kovshar, Alexander Solokha and Umberto Gallo-Orsi who were actively involved in the development of the modules.
Training activity was combined with an outdoor program. On the 4th day of the workshop (October 28) a field visit was conducted to Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve, which is an important breeding and stopover site for migratory waterbirds and designated as an IBA, Ramsar site and an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (as part of a cluster nomination ‘Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan’).
The ToT training was delivered in Russian with simultaneous translation into English. During the workshop, participants received copies of the Flyway Training Kit in English and/or in Russian.
The WOW project has been building capacity for flyway conservation within the African-Eurasian region through the work of four Regional Centres and associated Regional Training Boards. WOW’s Flyway Training Programme is supported by a comprehensive Flyway Training Kit (FTK), including tailor-made training materials on topics related to flyway conservation, wetland management and migratory waterbird conservation, targeted to a range of stakeholders in the African-Eurasian region. The programme comes in a generic English version, and regionalized versions are available in Russian, French and Arabic. The Flyway Training Kit is the basis of training coordinated and promoted by each Regional Centre through their network of academic and training institutions.
Training of Trainers courses using materials from the WOW Flyway Training Kit have already been conducted for the Middle East (in Amman, Jordan, August 2009) and the Western and Central African region (in Limbè, Cameroon, November 2009). For more information on the ToT workshop in Astana, Kazakhstan please see the full report of the workshop now available as PDF download from the WOW Website.