Mike Moss, CEC Special Advisor WCLN, reports that four specific activities have been established as the ongoing activities of WCLN. These span the spectrum of learning and knowledge enhancement, relevant to capacity development, involving:
- Information about short courses and programmes;
- Information about courses offered by governments, NGOs, private suppliers (this would include CEPA course offerings);
- Information about programmes and courses offered by institutions of higher education;
- Buidling on the above, we are establishing the World Conservation Institute. The Insitute is to provide a quality programme of on-line courses within a coherent curriculum utilizing courses from an international field of universities. Initially this graduate level credential will be dependent on English-language courses. Subsequent developments will involve the establishment of a Spanish-language version.
September 2009: MOU signed between Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC, Canada) and IUCN to work collaboratively on the development of the World Conservation Institute. The Institute will deliver a laddered series of graduate credentials (Certificate-diploma-Masters degree)
October 2009: Discussed with CEC KM Special Advisor to develop a template for recording and storing programme and course information and links (see item 3 above).
October 2009: Arranged meeting for CEC Special Advisor Frits Hesselink and Royal Roads University senior administration to outline potential structure and administration of the World Conservation Institute. Timelines for the Institute's development were established.
Ongoing: Members of the World Conservation Institute Steering Committee will begin to collect course and programme information for Australia, USA, Canada, UK ; additional materials from the Middle East to follow.
March 2010: Completion of master list of English-language programmes and courses (350+). Screening and reorganization of results.
April 2010: Institute's Steering Committee reviews materials and develops curriculum framework.
2010: WCI curriculum established; begin approval process at RRU
2011: Promote programme and enrol first students
2011: Begin fund-raising for support for developing country students
2012: First graduates of the World Conservation Institute