Many wildlife management issues are identified as ‘Wicked Problems’ – problems that are difficult or impossible to solve because of social complexity, or contradictory and changing requirements that mean there is no determinable stopping point. Often, due to complex interdependencies, efforts to solve one aspect of a problem can reveal or create other problems.
This fund aims to support studies and other initiatives that address practical (rather than theoretical) wildlife management problems where community involvement is fundamental to the success of the programme. The funding will support projects where community consultation and action are clearly articulated and integral to the outcomes of the project. Examples of suitable projects are listed below. The Guidelines and principles listed at the bottom of this page will be used to guide the decision of the selection committee.
Up to a maximum of $10,000 over two years, with the successful applicant receiving half at the time of receiving the award and the remaining half upon the submission of a suitable 12 month report.
Applicants must complete the online application form and provide a summary of the following (no more than 200 words each):
Applicants will be assessed according to the quality of their applications (written communication, clear goals for the proposed project, and provision of evidence that the project is feasible), and the benefit the program will provide for development of practical solutions for wildlife management through community consultation and action.
Will be comprised of at least 3 members:
The selection committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
AWMS reserves the right not to award a grant (or grants) in any year if the entries are judged not to reach a minimum standard of quality of application.
Examples of suitable projects/initiatives
Principles and guidelines for selection of suitable projects/initiatives
The following principles will be used to guide the selection of successful recipients:
The nature of the Wildlife Management (WM) or Natural Resource Management (NRM) issue and the management required will vary with the assessor and their perspective.
Most WD/NRM needs to be planned and undertaken at a landscape-scale, almost always involving several land tenures and different land managers.
Due to the above two principles: