One of the greatest challenges facing landscape conservation is how to ensure ecosystem-wide conservation goals, such as those articulated in Landscape Conservation Designs, can effectively inform local management plans and actions. Developing feasible conservation goals and useful landscape planning products requires participation by local stakeholders. However, opportunities for these stakeholders to engage in planning processes are often limited. This webinar will examine the role of local stakeholders and human dimensions thinking in transboundary resource conservation. Catherine Doyle-Capitman, Doctoral Candidate at Cornell University, will highlight the role of local stakeholders in bridging the gap between conservation planning and management implementation. She will then present best practice guidance for engaging local stakeholders and integrating social data into landscape conservation decision processes.
About the presenter: Catherine is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University and a visiting scholar in the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She holds a B.A. in biology from Bowdoin College and a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School or Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her doctoral research, which is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, focuses on the processes of developing and implementing landscape-level natural resource conservation.