Despite 24 years of successful international capacity building field courses and 50 nationalities trained in protected area management, we are unable to announce fieldwork dates for 2013: all our funding has been cut.

From the very start, in 1989, TAIB’s project Monitoring Mediterranean Wetlands has successfully integrated training with field research. The trainees have been mainly graduates in life sciences and those working in conservation projects such as Protected Areas management. In 24 years of activity we have hosted participants from many parts of the world and in 2012 we reached the milestone of 50 nationalities with a participant from Guinea Bissau. We are particularly proud of our efforts in the training of personnel from developing countries.

Sadly, these efforts are now on hold. Funding for our project was cut by 70% in 2012 and this year TAIB has no funding at all. Members of the group are looking for alternative sources but for the moment no international fieldwork training courses can be announced.