Pacific Island Community Co-Management Course (PICCC) - 2016

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CIRCULAR:      16/04

SUBJECT :    Pacific islands Community Co-management Course (PICCC}

Dear SPREP Members and Partners,


To invite applications from natural resource managers, community conservation leaders, conservation practitioners and organizations in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (New Britain, New Ireland, Bouganville and Manus) to attend a regional conservation    training    course    on    Community-based     Conservation    and    Adaptive Management.  The course will be offered over three phases :

4 weeks in March, 2016

April - September, applying learning at work site

3 weeks in October, 2016 - Reflecting on Work Experience

Venue:  Honia ra, Solomon Islands, in association with The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Program (SICCP)


The Pacific Islands are dispersed over a third of the globe and blessed with extremely rich marine biological and habitat diversity, matched by remarkable diversity of its people's cultures. However this diversity presents many challenges to resource managers. In remote island settings, communities, who in most cases are customary owners of the land, inshore areas and natural resources therein, are the lynchpin in achieving wise resou rce  management  and  Western,  relatively  centralized, approaches to resource management do not work. Until recently this represented a significant challenge in terms of capacity building, as most modern expertise and informati on came from the West.

This lack of human capacity to address government and local resource managers ' needs identified in 2000 led to the collaboration by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Interna tional Centre for Protected Landscape (ICPL) to develop and establish a vocational training program for Pacific Island practitioners in 2001. The Pacific Islands Community-based Conservation Course (PICCC) has been offered four times since then and it has received acclaim from governments, N GOs and sponsors alike.

There was strong support from the BIOPAMA program and the Ma rine and Coastal Biodiversity Management program in Pacific Island Countries (MACBIO) funded  by the Germa n Agency for  Development  Cooperation  (GIZ)  to  revive,  update  and  consolidate the PICCC over a 5 year period  (2014 - 2019)  during which  3 Pacific  regional  and  at least 2 sub-regional or tailored courses will be held. The Protected Area component of BIOPAMA was the main funder of the first course and is jointly implemented by IUCN (International Union for  the  Conservation  of  Nature)  and  EC-J RC  (European Commission Joint Research Centre) and is an initiative of the ACP Secretariat, funded by the Europea n U nion under EDF 10.

The 2016 course will mainly be funded under the Critical Ecosystem Partnersh ip Fund (CEPF) but with assistance from MACBIO. A key feature will be developing the skills of the SICCP to conduct such training.

This "new" Pacific Islands Community Co-ma nagement Course (PICCC) is an outcome of the concerted efforts by the collaborative partners to modernise the old PICCC course to refocus on critical, urgent and relevan t issues and skills for the Pacific islands such as coastal fisheries management and terrestrial protected areas and to meet design constraints which  include:

  • targeting people most likely to apply the skills acquired,
  • ensuring that approaches appropriate to the region are taught,
  • that appropria te methods are used both during the course and in subsequent support to trainees,
  • providing information and tools likely to be applied after course completion, and
  • keeping the course concise so as not to remove key staff from their job s for an excessive period.

The course will provide participants with  the practical  knowle dge and skills required for the sustainable management of natural resources such as fisheries ma nagem ent and conservation areas and other forms of protected areas such as Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). In  2016 the course will add a significant component on prioritizing land species and habitats and their conservation. The course is integrated in the USP curriculum  and provides  practitioners  with  the opportunity  to  further  their education in conservation management including the possibility of acquiring post-graduate qualifications  through  the university's  academic structure.

Course Aim and Objectives:

The aim of the course is to build and improve the capacity of conservation pract itioners, community representatives, government technical officers, NGO technical officers, training personnel in the management of community-based conservation p rojects and sites for the sustainable conservation and management of natural resources.

The course aims to provide core skills and develop critica l  thinking for achieving widespread natural resource management  and  sustainable  community  livelihoods   in Pacific and other Small Island  Developing  States  (SIDS)  drawing  particul arly  on successful regional experience and skills. Though the course  draws  on  relevant international  science  and  thinking  it  particula rly  encourages  participants   to   evaluate and  share experiences  from within  the region. The aims are to:

  • Develop personal professional skills and the confidence to apply them
  • Develop and practice community participation and planning skills
  • Develop understanding of the wider governa nce context affecting or supporting community livelihoods
  • Develop critical thinking and strategic planning capacity
  • Understa nd  basic  natural  resource  management,     conservation,  adaptation, disaster risk reduction and supplementary livelihood tools

The specific obj ectives of the course are to give participants the ability to:

  1. be familiar with the various approaches to natural resource managem ent and conservation, including the role of Fisheries Ma nagement, LMMA and Conservation Area systems in protecting biological and cultural diversity and in supporting communities to do so;
  2. identify and address, at the local level, the maj or natural and cultural threats to sustainable conservation area establishment and management;
  3. use a range of participatory planning and consultation tools in support of conservation area management and the development of community-based conservation action plans;
  4. examine the need for enterprise planning; describe the basic themes and processes of business planning; as well as gain practica l experience with a range of basic business skills;
  5. gain practical experience with a range of interpersonal and communicati on skills including how to generate public support and how to understand the role  of partners  in education  programs;
  6. appreciate  and understand project design  and  management  relevant  for conservation management;
  7. appreciate and understand the need for leadership skills, critical thinking, strategic planning; and know the roles and functions of a range of planning tools; and
  8. describe the major biodiversity and conservation conventions and strategies, their inter-linkages and their relevance to the Pacific Island countries.

Teaching  Methods :

There will be some direct teaching, interspersed in most sessions with active (individual, paired or group exercises) of varying lengths. Presentations, discussion and reviews will reinforce the active learning component.

Taught elements will be illustrated by case studies and examples from the member countries and from other regions. There will be field visits to bring issues to light and to provide opportu nities to practice skills. These visits will include a 2-3 day excursion to provide practical, in field and in-the-comm unity experience in applying the principles and skills learned during the course.

Selection Criteria:

Participation at this course will require on-going commitmen t to conservatio n. The participation of personnel who  are involved  in  conservation  management  at the  "hands­ on" level will be encouraged. Participants  will  be  expected  to  describe  how  their attendance will improve a conservation site or program in their country. Given the CEPF focus the participants will  mainly  need  to  be  practitioners  from  Van uatu,  Solomon Islands and the PNG Islands of New Britai n, New Irela nd, Bouga nville and Ma nus that are part of the Eastern Melanesia Ecosystem. The following criteria will  be  used  by  USP  and SPREP when  selecting candidates  for  the  course:

  • Qualifications and experience of each applicant to implement and transfer to others what was learnt at the course.
  • Work program of applicant - will it allow for the additional load of preparing and writing up a project back home after the course.
  • Interest level and motivation of the applicant - has the applicant shown initiative in his/her own area of work in issues relating to community based conservation management?
  • The applicant must be currently or planning to be involved in assisting with the management of a conservation area which involves training others;
  • Level of support from the candidates organization;
  • Sufficient guarantee that the applicant will return to apply the newly learned skills after completion of the course.

Gender equity is a factor in the selection of participants for inclusion in this program.

Phase 1 will be a four-week face to face learning experien ce in Honiara during March/ April, 2016 covering topics in the attached course description.

Phase 2:  In-country Project work

ln line with the above objectives, participants will have to carry out  a  4-5  month practica l project relevant to their work and natural resou rce conservation managemen t in their home countries. Participants will use their background knowledge and the skills and knowledge gained from the training to complete the in-country project.  The  in­ country project will form part of the overall assessment  for  the  course  leading to  a course certificate. Arrangements will be made for ongoing project supervision in­ country.

3rd Phase: October, 2016

Following the 4-5 month project work, participants will be required to return  to Honiara to attend a three-week on-campus course that will involve coverage of additional learning modules, a review of everything covered in Phase 1 and the  in­ country project, enabling participants to share their experiences. Successful com pletion  of this pro ject  and submission  of a draft pro ject  report are pre-re quisites for attendance in   Phase   3.  Applica nts  who  successfully  complete  all  three  aspects   will receive a certificate of completion and be considered on application for being  awarded a USP course credit towards post-graduate study.

Funding of Applicants:

Major financial support for the 2016 PICCC has been committed by CEPF. This will assist in adapting the course to include more about terrestrial conservation planning and paying tuition costs for applicants from the Eastern Melanesian Ecosystem. Other candidates who have experience in CEPF work in Micronesia and Polynesia can apply but will need to have funding support from their organization.

Please forward all completed applications to SPREP:

Ecosystem and Biodiversity Officer, SPREP, P.O Box 240, Apia, Samoa, Fax +685 20231, email: [email protected]

Application deadline is 15 February, 2016.

Logistical  Arrangements:

Accommodation, Meals and Incidentals

At this stage,  accommodation  for  all  participants  will  be  provided  at nearby lodgings (hotels/motels) and will be confirmed nearer  the  course  commencement. Funds will be provided at an appropriate rate to cover meals not provided at venue and for incidentals.

Airfares and Transfers

Departure taxes, excess luggage, any other incidental costs and any flight alterations will be the responsibility of the participant. Limited sponsorship is available for these costs.


Participants are responsible for their own insurance while travelling to or from the workshop venue and the organisers shall not accept liability for any inju ry suffered by a person attending the workshop. We strongly recommend that participants take out personal insurance (at employer's/her /his own expense) for the period in which s/he is sponsored or is travelling to or from the course.


It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange any necessary visa (s) required for travel.


Please note that this is subject to finalization by USP and SPREP and SICCP and will be circulated as soon as it is finalized.

Course Costs (US$) per particip nt

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Phase 2


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Further Information

For further information, please contact Professor Bill Aalberberg [email protected] j Applicants   should   forward   their   applications   to   the   Ecosystemand Biodiversity Officer, Ms Amanda  Wheatley, SPREP, P.O Box  240, Apia,  Samoa, Fax  +685 20231, email:   [email protected] by the 15 February, 2016.



Pacific Island Community  Co-management Course (PICCC) - 2016

Phase 1: March, 2016


What is PICCC?

This is a three-phase course (learn, implement, reflect) run over several months (seven weeks in residence in Honiara, Solomon Islands) which provides resource managers and conservation practitioners with skills, information and experience in community-based adaptive management and conservation. The course will re-focus on developing relevant skills urgently required to address critical issues for the Pacific islands such as coastal fisheries management and terrestrial conservation.

When will it be held?

The first phase will be held around March, 2016 followed by project work at home site for 4-5 months followed by a second phase in October, 2016.

Who is it for?

Natural resource, conservation and fisheries managers and workers in government departments, non-government organizations and community leaders.

Where is PICCC being run?

The course is held in Honiara through  the University of the South Pacific (USP) and coordinated by the Solomon Island Community Conservation Program. Successful graduates can be given a USP postgraduate credit.

What core skills will be developed?

The course aims to provide core skills and develop critical thinking for achieving widespread natural resource management and sustainable community livelihoods in Pacific and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) drawing particularly on successful regional experience and skills. Though the course draws on relevant international science and thinking it particularly encourages participants to evaluate and share experiences from within the region. The aims are to:

  • Develop personal professional skills and the confidence to apply them
  • Develop and practice community participation and planning skills
  • Develop understanding of the wider governance context affecting or supporting community livelihoods
  • Develop critical thinking and strategic planning capacity
  • Understand basic natural resource management, conservation, adaptation, disaster risk reduction and supplementary livelihood tools

What topics will be covered?

The content of the course is divided into 4 key themes including the topics listed below.

“Enabling environment”

Tools and techniques

Technical knowledge

Scaling up, mainstreaming and joint implementation

  • Developing policy, legislation, ordinances, plans, strategies and by-laws
  • Traditional governance and norms
  • Institutions and national architecture/ structures
  • Principles of effective service delivery (government and others)
  • Good / bad governance, role of government, NGOs, communities, etc
  • Leadership (different forms, functions, styles, etc.)


  • Participation (different perspectives inc planning and management for communities)
  • Facilitation, managing meetings, committees, etc.
  • Adaptive management
  • Project cycle management
  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Proposal writing (also meet the donors)
  • Budgeting and accounting
  • Purposeful monitoring
  • Time management
  • Basic GIS skills
  • Coastal fisheries management
  • Conservation and protected areas
  • Sustainable, alternative and supplementary livelihoods (e.g. FSPI worksheets)
  • Simple but essential economic tools such as CBA
  • Climate change adaptation,  Disaster risk reduction (DRR), coastal erosion and control,
  • Integrated management (ICM / EBM / EAF / IIM / MSP)
  • EIA, SEA and ongoing systems
  • Strategizing service delivery and joint implementation
  • Decentralization and networking
  • Effective dissemination and social marketing
  • Systematic information and awareness strategies and tools
  • Government policy, planning and budgeting processes
  • Spatial planning at various scales and degrees of technical complexity


How much does it cost?

Course tuition is $US 2780. Air fares, accommodation and a daily allowance will be needed for each participant to cover the cost of meals and incidentals. Partial financial support for the 2016 PICCC has been committed mainly by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) with assistance MacBIO and this will cover support for participants from the Eastern Melanesian Ecosytem.  Intending candidates from outside Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and the PNG Islands should seek support from various funding sources including project or employer funds.  For further information, please contact Bill Aalbersberg on:  [email protected]

How do I apply for the course?

You can apply by filling in the application form below and send with required support letter by the closing date, 15 February, 2016.This flyer is to announce the course and encourage people to start applying.






Purpose of this Form

  • To help in the identification of participants who will be most able to use the skills gained for use in their own countries.
  • To help ensure that resources are targeted where they will be most useful.
  • To assist Course Directors select candidates who will benefit from a limited number of scholarships.

Deadline for Submission

Submit this completed Form (and attach support letter ) via post or email to Ms Amanda Wheatley at SPREP, P.0 Box 240, Apia, Samoa, Fax +685 20231, email: [email protected]

by15 February2016.

  1. Title      Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/other (specify) _______________________
  2. First name          ___________________________________________________
  3. Surname:            ___________________________________________________
  4. Name of Organisation,

Department or Ministry or         _____________________________________________________

Conservation Project

Postal Address:

Telephone: (      ) ____________________       Fax:   (       )  ____________________________

Email address (Essential)  

Work Designation/Title           _________________________________________

Job function (Provide a brief description of the activities that make up your work. NB Please include support letter from employer)

Funding Support Requested:             Travel                Tuition and local costs

Qualifications Relevant Qualifications (include tertiary degrees/diplomas and relevant in-service training or prior experience)



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