German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Klaus Toepfer Fellowship 4

Germany supports conservation organisations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

[Translate to en:] Foto: Gisela Stolpe, BfN

On 08 March 2019, Dr. Alfred Herberg, deputy head in the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, awarded in the presence of patron Prof. Klaus Töpfer the certificates to the participants of the fourth cycle of the Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme for future leaders in Nature Conservation from the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (KTF).

"The Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme is an internationally renowned extraoccupational training of the International Academy of Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm of the BfN. It provides technical knowledge and leadership skills to early career professionals of the region. The aim is to support emerging conservation leaders as well as to develop capacities in the countries' conservation organizations and to build a professional network in the region." explained Dr. Herberg. For the first time, participants from Turkey, Iran and Mongolia attended the programme. This is a sign of how widely accepted the programme has become. With the completion of this cycle, the KTF programme has been successfully attended by nearly 80 participants from 27 different countries.
On return to their home countries and institutions the fellows ensure that the new knowledge and skills acquired is shared and applied which also make their institutions stronger. Furthermore, fellows often function as multipliers in their own home countries. The fellows work in national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, private companies or as scientific researchers. As such they play an important and highly committed role in shaping conservation policy and practice under often challenging conditions.
"I found the exchange and networking with other fellows and the trainers very rewarding and I am excited to use what I've learned in my future work." stated one of the participants.

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-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme is funded by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety.

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Last Change: 20/03/2019