EDGE Philippines Slideshow

EDGE regional training courses are the first stage of the EDGE Fellowship scheme, a two-year training programme designed to equip early-career conservationists working on EDGE species with the tools to become successful conservation leaders. The rigorous training component of the scheme ensures that Fellows gain the scientific grounding and practical experience to plan and implement their Fellowship projects and make a significant contribution to the conservation of their focal species.

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  • EDGE Conservation Tools training course 2016
    Each year, as part of the EDGE Fellowship programme, ZSL runs an EDGE Conservation Tools training course, bringing together early-career conservationists from around the globe working on mammal, amphibian, bird and coral EDGE species.
  • Welcome to Gawahon Eco-Park, Philippines
    In January 2016, eight international participants joined experts from ZSL for four action packed weeks of intensive training in the tools required to design, implement and manage successful conservation projects. This year it was based at the very beautiful Gawahon Eco-Park in the Philippines
  • In the classroom
    Through a series of lectures, hands-on practical’s and assessments, participants were taught four core modules: the principles of conservation biology, ecological monitoring, social science surveying techniques and applied conservation action.
  • Natures alarm clock
    The wildlife kept a tight schedule. Early morning calls from the local reptiles ensured we were all awake nice and early!
  • Lights, camera, ACTION!
    To practice the media training that they had been given, each participant underwent a series of interview scenarios. The interviews were played back to the group for constructive criticism and comment.
  • Amphibian paradise
    Being surrounded by reptiles and amphibians on camp provided a lot of opportunities for the participants to gain hands on training in herpetological survey techniques.
  • Practical training
    This involved training in species identification and disease swabbing
  • All packed up and ready to go
    Conservation kit is prepped for the day's practicals in the field...
  • Small mammal surveys
    Early each morning the small mammal traps, which were baited the night before, were checked for small mammals. The animals were identified and measured by the Fellows before being released back into the wild.
  • Fellows present their projects
    Each of the course participants delivered a presentation on their projects. Poh Leem from Malaysia teaches the group about her EDGE corals.
  • Camera trapping
    Everyone was very excited to see what images the camera traps had captured
  • Filming in the forest
    The EDGE Fellows are filmed hard at work
  • Identifying species
    The Fellows measured frogs with calipers to help identify to species level
  • Bird spotting
    The beautiful Visayan Fantail was spotted during the early morning bird surveys
  • Marine camp
    The first marine camp was held on Danjugan Island in the Philippines
  • EDGE corals in the Philippines
    The marine EDGE Fellows practice their EDGE coral surveys underwater
  • Graduation celebrations!
    All of the participants successfully completed the training course and were presented with certificates to mark their achievements. The EDGE team is now working with the course participants to support and develop their projects. If you are interested in attending the next training course and becoming an EDGE Fellow, please contact fellows@edgeofexistence.org.