German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



Alumni Meeting of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship in Georgia

[Translate to en:] Gruppenbild der Teilnehmenden (Foto: Rati Japaridze)

Tbilisi, 29/10/2019. Graduates of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship (KTF) came together from 25 to 29 October 2019 in Georgia g. The aim of the meeting organized by BfN was to strengthen the alumni network and to further expand capacities of the conservationists.

To this end, the participants exchanged views and experiences on trends and challenges in nature conservation in the KTF region. In addition, they discussed their career developments and opportunities to build further networks.
In a training session, the participants had the chance to learn about ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (EbA) or about team management and development. In order to better understand nature conservation in Georgia, the group also met with the administrations of the Borjomi-Kharagauli and Javakheti National Parks which both have received German support.

The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship is a training programme for early-career professionals working in nature conservation from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The aim of the extra-occupational programme is to develop management capacities, expand methodical core competences and convey key technical concepts. An active network of nature conservation leaders in the region is a declared goal of the Fellowship. It offers KTF graduates a space to advise, support and coach each other. The graduates themselves shape the activities of the network, and thus open up new opportunities for cooperation between the KTF countries, German institutions and other strategic partners. (Photo: Rati Japaridze)

Find out more about the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme