The EDGE of Existence Conservation Tools Course

18 Fellows from 8 countries in Asian Region (three of those from Vietnam and two from Indo-Myanmar Conservation). Photo credit: Charlie Debenham (ZSL).


From 18th January – 13th February 2019, two staff of the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC), Hoang Van Ha (Program Coordinator) and Nguyen Thanh Luan (Scientific Officer), attended the EDGE of Existence Conservation Tools Course held at Danum Valley Field Centre, Borneo.

18 young conservationists from 8 countries in the Asian region were selected to attend the course with 10 trainers coming from the Zoological Society of London, UK. This course’s aim is to build a capacity for young conservationists to support for their own project working with EDGE species (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species).
During the course, trainees learned a number of modules on the principles of conservation such as Conservation Biology, Project Planning and Management, Ecology Methods, statistics, GIS and Social Science. Such modules will be conducive for the Fellows to carry out practical research projects.

IMC’s team is going to carry out comprehensive research and surveys on the Big-Headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) and Botsfordi’s Leaf-Litter Frog (Leptolalax botsfordi) in Vietnam. Their aims are to obtain more knowledge on the biology and ecology of the species, reduce local people’s unfavourable impacts on these species and give recommendations and implement conservation activities.

Press release by: Nguyen Thanh Luan – ATP/IMC
Date: February 2019

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