Please see the attached a training opportunity for capacity building on negotiation skills, aimed mainly at Protected Area staff and support staff dealing with multi-stakeholder engagements at the interface of Protected Areas. Please disseminate widely through your networks and in particular to PA Agencies and Managers. COURSE SUMMARY: BIOPAMA and the Sustainability Challenge Foundation are offering stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills training, using the Mutual Gains Approach, to support efforts to better secure protected areas and key biodiversity areas in Eastern and Southern African. A central principle of the Mutual Gains Approach to negotiations is that the majority of negotiations involve parties who have more than one goal in mind and more than one issue that can be addressed in the agreement. This model allows parties to improve their chances of creating an agreement superior to existing alternatives and meeting the needs of all stakeholders. It is based on four key steps for negotiating more sustainable solutions: preparation, value creation, value distribution and following through. WHO: Protected Area staff and relevant stakeholders actively engaging on potential land/resource use conflict issues in the context of development. HOW: See attached application. Applications accepted through Sept. 2014. Proposed Dates (to confirmed early Sept.): Oct. 2014 or Feb 2015 Financial support: Costs covered by BIOPAMA for all participants are all costs at the training venue (accommodation, meals, training and conference package) and transfers from the airport to the venue. BIOPAMA is also offering financial support to applicants who are unable to cover their own travel costs (flights, airport transfer in country of origin, visa costs) to attend this training, however, we encourage some contribution from the applicant or the applicant’s employer (see also Application Form for details).