Social Ecological Science Training and Education Program - SESTEP
Andrew Kliskey and David Griffith, University of Idaho Center for Resilient Communities
The SESTEP working group was created to develop a working model, proposed curriculum, and proposal to US federal and private granting agencies to establish a Social Ecological Systems Training and Education Program (SESTEP) and graduate certificate. The idea for SESTEP grew out of the Mountain Research Education Institute planning workshop, hosted in May 2014 by the MtnSEON Leadership Team. There was a strong consensus expressed at that meeting for the development of a mechanism for training federal, tribal, state, and local government management professionals, as well as academic and NGO personnel, in the theory and practice of SES as applied to resource management issues. SESTEP aims to answer this call by creating a certificate-granting program that aims to build capacity among natural resource managers and professionals. SESTEP will utilize an adaptive and participatory training approach, so that inherent knowledge within the participant group will enhance learning capabilities (e.g., feedback loops) and help to improve SES tools available for natural resource management.
SESTEP is a training program for professionals who work with complicated natural resource management issues, such as multi-use forests, climate change, and water management. SESTEP aims to build capacity among managers, professionals, and graduate level students to address land and natural resource management. The SESTEP training is appropriate for all levels of managers, including federal, state, and local government management professionals, tribal land managers, town planners, academics, and NGO personnel. SESTEP participants will earn a professional certificate, with the option of 5 academic credits, through University of Montana in a self-paced, 6-week course. This training includes in-person, virtual, and field-based learning modules.