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Keywords:

  • CAMP;
  • CBSG;
  • disease;
  • facilitation;
  • IUCN;
  • networks;
  • PHVA;
  • population modelling;
  • risk assessment;
  • SSC;
  • vortex;
  • workshop

The programmes of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) are expanding in scope, increasing in complexity and reaching more diverse groups as we explore and develop the versatility, diversity of applications, robustness and multidisci-plinary scientific basis of our workshop processes. This paper provides a brief description of CBSG's background, present capabilities, the dynamics of the workshop process, the human cognitive factors influencing decision making and the underlying CBSG philosophy as a framework for projection of our directions into the near future.