For the first day together our G.A.T.E crew enjoyed the wisdom of Kelly Straford from D.O.C who shared with us the roll of DOC, the work they do locally and the issues they come up against. We used this as a spring board to explore in groups the questions:
1. What is conservation and is it important?
2. What can be conserved and what issues arise in the conservation of these?
3. What are the barriers to conservation?
4. Different groups have varied ideas about conservation, who are these groups and what views do they have?
From this the group developed their own questions to answer and wrote/emailed those who might start providing answers. For the G.A.T.E group - what was your question and who did you approach?