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Type: Conference paper
Title: Capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability: The case of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve
Author: Bosch, O.
Brooks, A.
Graham, D.
Maani, K.
Nguyen, N.
Ross, H.
Smith, C.
Citation: Presentation at the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference, 12-17 July 2009, The University of Queensland, Australia.
Publisher: University of Queensland
Publisher Place: Brisbane
Issue Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781906740030
Conference Name: International Society for the Systems Sciences Conference (53rd : 2009 : Brisbane, Australia)
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N. Nguyen, K. Maani, H. Ross, O. Bosch, Ashley Brook, D. Graham, C. Smith
Abstract: This paper describes a problem-based learning approach to develop systems thinking and capacity building for a team of interdisciplinary mid-career professionals, engaged in management of the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve (CBBR) in Vietnam. Following a preliminary workshop in Viet Nam in 2007, which indentified a number of crucial areas for capacity building, an integrated multi-dimensional program was designed for a select group of managers and technical officers from different levels of government and cross sections of agencies working in the CBBR. A general introduction to systems thinking concepts and tools, including causal loop modelling and Bayesian Belief Networks, was followed by skills development courses and field trips. The training courses were evaluated weekly and at the end, followed-up six months after the completion of the program, using some of the participatory methods taught during the course. A recent visit to Viet Nam and discussions with the program participants revealed significant adoption and continued practice of the tools and concepts covered in the program, as well as further applications of the concepts within the participants’ teams and areas of responsibilities. The paper will conclude by drawing generic lessons for capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability in other biosphere sites around the world.
Keywords: systems thinking teaching; problem-based learning; qualitative evaluation; complexity management; Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020121217
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