Training course on Modern Plant Conservation Techniques in Fiji
A training course on Modern Plant Conservation Techniques was held in Fiji from 4-8 April. 2016. The training course was delivered by BGCI, in partnership with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Topics covered during the course included Red Listing, GIS and the use of spatial data, species distribution modelling, population and community monitoring and ex situ conservation.
Participants in the training course came mainly from the Fiji Department of Forestry, but the Regional Tree Seed Centre of the Pacific Comunity, the University of the South Pacific, Nature Fiji and Conservation International were also represented.
During the course, the participants also learned about recent progress in plant conservation globally and identified the major gaps and opportunities for plant conservation in Fiji. Tree species in greatest need of conservation were identified and one-to-one guidance on specific issues was provided to trainees.