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Joining the Consortium

New members may be added to the consortium by referral and have to be approved by members of the core working group, to ensure suitability. New members will be encouraged to self-assess if their past work and values align with that of the consortium, and whether they have time to be involved with various areas of work such as fellowship program, outreach, or any other activity where the particular member’s expertise is useful or called upon. A questionnaire will be sent out to all potential members, and their responses reviewed by the core working group. New members should have at least five years of work experience in coexistence-based conservation (doctoral research also counts as experience), with a deep understanding of the social and ecological complexity of at least one region.

 

Consortium Governance

The Coexistence Consortium will comprise a core working group of 5-6 members who will oversee the functioning of the consortium. The core group will function for a period of two years initially and then a new member will be added every year and one member of the existing group may step down. After the initial two years, the working group will see a complete turnover with new members every 5-7 years. Working group members are expected to commit a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years. Further, thematic working groups can be created or dissolved as and when required to deal with more specific issues, species of thematic areas of intervention.

 

Diversity and Inclusivity

The consortium is committed to diversity, and members will include representations from all genders, species, landscapes, and disciplines, ensuring reasonable balance and representation. Some of the core disciplines would include Communication, Economics, Technology, Statistics, Political Science, Psychology, Animal Welfare, Aquatic/Terrestrial Ecology, Design, Liberal Arts, Critical Social Science, Animal Behaviour, and Anthropology.