Capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability: The case of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve

Bosch, O. J. H., Brooks, A., Graham, D., Maani, K. E., Nguyen, N. C., Ross, H. and Smith, C. (2009). Capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability: The case of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve. In: Proceedings of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference. International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference, The University of Queensland, Australia, (). 12-17 July, 2009.

Author Bosch, O. J. H.
Brooks, A.
Graham, D.
Maani, K. E.
Nguyen, N. C.
Ross, H.
Smith, C.
Title of paper Capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability: The case of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve
Conference name International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference
Conference location The University of Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 12-17 July, 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2009 Conference
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper describes a problem-based learning approach to develop systems thinking and capacity building for a team of interdisciplinary mid-career professionals, engaged in the management of the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve (CBBR) in Vietnam. Following a preliminary workshop in Viet Nam in 2007, which indentified a number of crucial areas for capacity building, an integrated multi-dimensional program was designed for a select group of managers and technical officers from different levels of government and cross sections of agencies working in the CBBR. A general introduction to systems thinking concepts and tools, including causal loop modelling and Bayesian Belief Networks, was followed by skills development courses and field trips. The training courses were evaluated weekly and at the end, followed-up six months after the completion of the program, using some of the participatory methods taught during the course. A recent visit to Viet Nam and discussions with the program participants revealed significant adoption and continued practice of the tools and concepts covered in the program, as well as further applications of the concepts within the participants’ teams and areas of responsibilities. The paper will conclude by drawing generic lessons for capacity building for learning laboratory for sustainability in other biosphere reserves around the world. The paper also serves as a good example of teaching systems that could be shared and promoted within the systems networks.
Subjects 861604 Integrated Systems
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
300903 Sustainable Development
Keyword systems thinking
systems education
problem-based learning
complexity management
Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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