WG4 Meeting: Building capacity for contaminant sampling and collection of supporting monitoring data for raptors across Europe.

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Venue:  Triglav National Park (TNP) Info Centre Dom Trenta, Na Logu in Trenta, SI-5232 Soča, Slovenia 

This workshop is convened by WG4 to take forward the capacity building elements of our work programme, both in relation to the agreed Proof of Concept study, and the wider needs of the proposed future European Raptor Sampling Programme (ERSamP).

At the workshop we aim to:  (1) share experiences and expertise in how to capacity build for field participants in raptor contaminant sampling and contextual data collection across Europe; (2) identify organisations and geographical areas where good practice capacity building is already going on or expertise is held, and areas where there are gaps and expertise/capacity is lacking (and the reasons for this); (3) start to develop best practice guidance on capacity building and training of participants relevant to the types of field participants required by ERBFacility; (4) specifically plan the capacity building required for the agreed ERBFacility Proof of Concept study; and (5) start to plan training activities to be delivered in Grant Period 4 (May 2020 to April 2021) and to consider the resourcing of these capacity building activities.

We can accommodate 20-25 (maximum) participants at this workshop, and participation is by invitation only. For invited participants, eligible travel and accommodation costs will be covered by COST (further details will be provided). Participants must be prepared to make active contributions by bringing information about existing capacity building initiatives and available expertise from their countries/regions of Europe to share at the workshop, and helping ERBFacility disseminate the findings of the workshop and goals of the network after the meeting. We will particularly welcome participants who are keen to: (a) share their expertise in recruiting and training people to monitor raptors and collect samples; (b) talk about examples of capacity building and training best practice in their country/region of Europe; (c) outline existing expertise/initiatives in their country/region of Europe but also talk about gaps in skills and provision in their area; and (d) take responsibility for feeding workshop findings and future best practice guidance back to their countries/regions of Europe.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Al Vrezec (Local Organiser, al.vrezec@nib.si) and Chris Wernham (WG4 Lead, chris.wernham@bto.org) giving your reasons for wishing to attend and the contribution to feel you could offer to the workshop.