Last May 6, DUMAC Directors gathered in Washington D. C. with Bryan Arroyo, Assistant Director of the International Affairs Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( USFWS), to strengthen the relationship and cooperation between both parties, in matters related with natural resources preservation and strengthening the training programs for professionals.
The need to continue collaborating in supporting the DUMAC RESERVA Program which trains professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean who are responsible for preservation and management of natural resources in their own countries was specifically discussed. The RESERVA program started in 1989 and celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary, having developed 38 sessions this period and trained 468 professionals who are working directly in management and preservation of natural protected areas and in general, preservation of natural resources in 22 different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
After a third party assessment of the program, the results achieved could not have been better in confirming that this course, is one of the best training programs existing in this region, to achieve a better professionalization of those who are responsible for taking care of the environment and the natural resources in each one of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Because of this, the close collaboration between DUMAC and the International Affairs Office in USFWS is greatly relevant since it will enable to continue this important training task on the long term, for the technical staff working in these countries, so they may have better technical tools that enable them to make better decisions in management and preservation of their natural resources.
Besides this, some other collaboration possibilities in other projects were discussed, in training as well as projects focused on preservation of natural resources in México.
DUMAC and its Directive Board feel very honored with Bryan Arroyo's support and the great possibilities for collaboration which exist
for the future with this United States Government office, for the benefit of natural resources preservation in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.