On the final day of the workshop, all attendees came together to brainstorm and produce the “Xishuangbanna Declaration” – a document which prioritises the key issues discussed during the 3-day workshop and which provides clear recommendations for how to move forward in improving the effectiveness of transboundary conservation in the region.
One step forward was communicating our message to the wider public. During the closing ceremony we were fortunate to have His Royal Highness Prince William present to give a closing speech emphasizing his support for our conservation efforts in the region. This of course brought a huge amount of media attention to the workshop, helping us reach a wider audience in communicating our message. Charlotte was also chosen to be included in a 10-person youth delegation, who would meet and chat with the Prince after the closing ceremony. It was a great opportunity for her and the rest of the delegation to share their passion for conservation with the Prince and also encourage him to continue his support for conservation science and action.