Assessing Proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Interacting with Faith-Based Leaders and Communities on Conservation Research and Practice Projects
This workshop will provide an opportunity for LACCCB participants to assess the Proposed Best Practices Guidelines for Interacting with Faith-Based Leaders and Communities developed by and for SCB members to consider implementing in their research and practice projects.
July 26 late morning or Early afternoon
10:30:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM
Dr. Jame Schaefer: Marquette University United States (USA)
Minimum Required: 10
Because 84% of people in the world identify with religions and spiritualities, profess ultimate reasons for acting ethically, and can be mobilized to act, they may be helpful to conservation biologists in their research and practice projects. The Best Practices Project was initiated in March 2016 by the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group of the SCB to solicit successful practices members have used when interacting with faith leaders and communities and to encourage all members to consider implementing these practices in their conservation projects. After an iterative process that included a Society-wide survey, various sessions at international and regional congresses, contextualized affirmations of specific guidelines by individual members based on their projects, and comments by faith leaders, the Proposed Best Practices Guidelines for Interacting with Faith-Based Leaders and Communities when planning, initiating, implementing, closing, and following up research and practice projects was completed in December 2017 and will be the focus of this workshop. Participants will critically examine the proposed guidelines, volunteer to share their experiences when implementing similar practices, consider preparing full case studies explaining the outcome of using the guidelines to present at a symposium to be proposed for the 2019 International Congress for Conservation Biology, and recommend opportunities and venues through which the guidelines may be shared.