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Multidimensional training among Latin America's restoration professionals

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Author(s):
Meli, Paula [1, 2] ; Schweizer, Daniella [1, 3] ; Brancalion, Pedro H. S. [1] ; Murcia, Carolina [4, 5] ; Guariguata, Manuel R. [6]
Total Authors: 5
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Luiz de Queiroz Coll Agr, Dept Forest Sci, BR-13418900 Piracicaba - Brazil
[2] Fdn Int Restaurac Ecosistemas, Madrid 28008 - Spain
[3] ETH, Inst Terr Ecosyst, Dept Environm Syst Sci, CH-8092 Zurich - Switzerland
[4] Univ Florida, Dept Biol, 220 Bartram Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 - USA
[5] Pontificia Univ Javeriana, Dept Nat Sci & Math, Cali 760031 - Colombia
[6] Ctr Int Forestry Res, Lima 15024 - Peru
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: RESTORATION ECOLOGY; v. 27, n. 3, p. 477-484, MAY 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 4
Abstract

The ambitious restoration commitments made by Latin American countries have increased the demand for professionals having multidimensional training in ecological restoration; however, little is known about the kind of training that professionals are currently receiving. Through an online survey, we explored whether restoration professionals in Latin America have been trained on the ecological, socioeconomic, and management dimensions of ecological restoration, and their perceptions of training constraints and curricula needs. Half of the 411 respondents simultaneously work in academia, governments, and nongovernmental organizations, lessening the typical division between the science and practice of restoration, and suggesting the need for stronger multidimensional training to adequately respond to different needs and expectations. Over 80% received formal academic training in fields relevant for restoration and most respondents also reported attending interdisciplinary courses. Training was more focused on the ecological dimension of restoration compared to socioeconomic or management dimensions. Respondents have similar education levels (i.e. most respondents have postgraduate degrees), independently from the organization type in which respondents work, and multidimensionality among organization types was slight. Professionals expressed a need for training opportunities not demanding full-time dedication. Although increasing training opportunities in socioeconomic and management dimensions is needed, we highlight opportunities to reinforce multidimensional training on restoration through organizational and institutional training, and collaborations among organizations. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/00052-9 - Understanding ecological, legal and social aspects of the forest-water relation with importance for ecosystem services
Grantee:Paula Meli
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate