SCHOLARSHIP ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROTECTED AREAS COLLABORATION.

Assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of the PAC scholarship initiative (operational since 2017) to guide and inform scholarship planning and investment moving forward. This evaluation explored the impact of the scholarships on recipients of the awards, in terms of: (a) personal growth, (b) professional development, and (c) levels of understanding or reframing of Indigenous peoples and/or local communities (IP/LC’s) cultural knowledge, and ethical, equitable and effective ways of weaving Indigenous and local knowledge systems with western scientific knowledge systems to inform protected area management, and conservation policy and practice more broadly.