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Hasanah Project 2018-08-04T09:12:41+00:00

Linking livelihoods and well-being to the environment in Malaysia:

Capacity building among local conservation practitioners to identify, prioritise and assess ecosystem services.

About The Project

In recent times, ecosystem services have changed significantly, and many in a reduced or degraded state. By measuring and monitoring ecosystem services, we can do better environmental planning and enhance sustainability as well as human well-being. We, at SEARRP are working closely with the Tropical Biology Association (TBA) with the support of Yayasan Hasanah to build the capacity of local conservation practitioners to identify, prioritise and assess ecosystem services in Malaysia through the use of the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).

Read More We are embarking on phase one of the project which will pilot TESSA in the Malaysian context for the next 18 months. Guided by the findings and results of phase one, we will work towards developing an up-scaled capacity building programme for the assessment of ecosystem services using TESSA.

This phase will offer the opportunity to participate in a training programme that will introduce TESSA and develop useful skills and knowledge to evaluate and measure ecosystem services in demonstration sites. The trainings will be led by Dr. Rosie Trevalyan of the Tropical Biology Association, the TESSA Consortium together with the support of SEARPP.

TESSA Toolkit

A simplified approach to identify, assess and value ecosystem services at site- level.

The TESSA toolkit is designed to provide a simplified approach to conduct low-cost and accessible methods for evaluating ecosystem services at a site-scale. It can be used by non-experts to deliver scientifically robust results. The toolkit helps users to understand how people can benefit from ecosystem services. It can also generate information that can be used in decision-making for improved environmental management as well as strengthened community partnership with government, civil society and the private sector.

The toolkit can be downloaded at http://tessa.tools/

TESSA Training Programme

The training programme will be divided into two training workshops and one consolidation forum. Concepts of ecosystem services, the application of TESSA, new skills and knowledge such as data analysis and interpretation as well as communicating to your stakeholders will be trained throughout this programme.

Participants will learn first-hand from case studies of projects that have assessed ecosystem services and used such assessment to influence policy decisions and research. The training will be delivered through interactive talks, practicals, discussions and field trips led by Dr Rosie Trevelyan of the TBA and supported by the TESSA Consortium as well as the SEARRP team.

Introduce concepts of ecosystem services and application of TESSA.

The first training course will be held at KOPEL which is a Community Ecotourism Cooperative located in Batu Puteh, Lower Kinabatangan in Eastern Sabah (can put a directing to KOPEL website). This will be a five (5)-day training course which will be held from the 12 to 16 November 2018. This course will introduce the concept of ecosystem services, the application of TESSA and methods for prioritising and assessing ecosystem services. Participants will be given an exercise to a conduct rapid appraisal of ecosystem services in sites throughout KOPEL. This will involve identification of key habitats, ecosystem services and threats relevant to both site (including alternative state); as well as beneficiaries and conservation actions in place.

Apply TESSA and new skills to assess your own site.

After training course one, participants will return to their own sites for a six (6) month fieldwork period to apply the skills learnt and use TESSA to conduct a site-based assessment of ecosystem services. Participants will receive fieldwork support from SEARRP project team. Small grants will be provided to support your site-based assessment.

Receive training in data analysis, results interpretation and communication skills.

The second training course will take place in Peninsular Malaysia (location to be decided). This will also be a five (5)-day training course where participants will reconvene to present the progress of their site-based assessment. Date for training course two will be informed once confirmed. At this course, participants can discuss how their results can be used for decision making, environmental management and conservation policies.

Participants will also receive training in data analysis and interpretation of results. This course will also deliver practical training in how to communicate to different stakeholders, using different techniques. By using practical examples, participants learn how to convey their messages for maximum impact.

Complete site assessment and present findings to your stakeholders.

After training course two, participants will return to their sites for a 3 month period to complete their site-based assessment, consolidate their findings and present their assessment to their stakeholders at field.

All stakeholders convene at the final forum to discuss and explore future work.

The final training programme will require all training course participants including all stakeholders consulted during the meetings held in May and June of 2018 to converge at the Consolidation Forum. The forum will provide the platform for all training participants to present their assessment reports, discuss the wider implications of their findings and lessons learnt as well as to explore the opportunity for the upscaling of TESSA. The date and venue will be informed once confirmed.

Application Guidance Notes

For those who are interested to apply, several criteria and requirements must be met. Refer to our guidance notes.

Take note that the last day of application is 24th of August 2018.

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Download Application Form

Download the following form and fill it up to apply for the training program.

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Additional Info

For more information, please email Melissa Payne
(Science Impact Coordinator).