German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Patron Klaus Toepfer inaugurates Conservation Leadership Programme for experts from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

Berlin, 20 September 2017: Prof. Klaus Toepfer, the former Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), as well as reresentatives of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) inaugurated today the fourth cycle of the extra-occupational Klaus-Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, which is implemented by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).. For the first time, participants from Turkey, Iran and Mongolia attend the prestigious programme. In their home countries the fellows address conservation challenges in governmental institutions, national or international NGOs, research institutes and in the private sector. Until now, 59 fellows from 22 countries have successfully completed the Klaus-Toepfer Fellowship programme.
 „The Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme is a long-term extra-occupational format and complements well the existing capacity building programmes of the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the BfN.  Furthermore, it facilitates the networking of German conservation institutions with conservation experts in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.“, according to Prof. Beate Jessel, president of the BfN
Over the next 18 months the fellows will attend four 10 days-training modules at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm. The will visit leading national and international conservation institutions in Germany for technical consultations and work on professional challenges of their work context.


The Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme aims at qualifying future decision-makers for highly demanding tasks in national and international conservation.. Partners of the programme are IUCN, the World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC), the Secretariat of  the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) as well as the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The  Klaus-Töpfer-Fellowship-Programme is funded by the BMUB.
More information on the programme