Understanding and engaging with conservation policy at #SCBO2018

At the upcoming Society for Conservation Biology – Oceania conference in Wellington (3rd-5th July 2018), I’m very excited to be running a short course that will provide conservation scientists an introduction to public policy in theory and practice. You can have a look at the agenda here. Unfortunately the course is fully booked out, but we hope to repeat it again in the future.

Many conservation scientists are interested in engaging with policy, but may not be sure where to start, or how they can most effectively contribute. This course aims to provide a “Public Policy 101” for conservation scientists who want the knowledge and tools needed to navigate messy policy processes.

The course will feature presenters working across the spectrum of policy, practice and academia who will contribute to the following topics:

  • What is policy?
  • Key legislation and conservation policies, national & local level governance (New Zealand focus)
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Effective advocacy
  • Working with the media
  • Drafting a policy submission or policy brief


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