Providing citizens with access to environmental conservation activities is considered to be important for improving the lifestyle of urban people and conserving nature. In the United Kingdom, BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) was established with the following aim: "to encourage and facilitate active public involvement in practical conservation work in rural and urban areas." Its unique feature is focusing on "people" and running training schemes and residential programs called "conservation holidays," rather than protecting places through trusts. The training programs cover four areas: group leadership, project organization and safety, education and training, and volunteer welfare. This training is conducted through group projects, team-building exercises, and group feedback. Participants have frequently listed "What is a leader?" and "Risk assessment process" as the most interesting in their course feedback. However, the programs on "Group feedback," "Motivation," and "Resolving problems" impart skills that are necessary for their training, even though the participants seem to regard project organization and volunteer welfare training as not being very important. These results indicate that Japanese conservation volunteer groups require training in these aspects in order to encourage and facilitate active public involvement in practical conservation work in rural and urban areas.
|Translated title of the contribution||BTCV Standards Leader Training Program for Environmental Conservation Volunteers in Japan|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Landscape Architecture in Asia|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2010|