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Klaus Toepfer Fellowship: training for nature conservation leaders has started online

The first part of the Fellowship is taking place online for the first time. | Photo: BfN
The first part of the Fellowship is taking place online for the first time. | Photo: BfN

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 1 September 2020: 20 nature conservation experts from 13 countries joined the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship (KTF) last week. The International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is offering the 18-month extra occupational training programme for the fifth time. The first part of the programme takes place online due to the corona pandemic.

"The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship offers participants a unique opportunity to inform themselves about the latest nature conservation concepts and instruments, to develop their management skills and to network with each other, with alumnis, with the BfN and trainers from leading nature conservation organizations," says Gisela Stolpe, head of the INA. "We are pleased that the online kick-off of the programme worked out well. Despite the physical distance, we had valuable discussions and a good exchange. All the more reason for us to appreciate even more when the participants can meet and exchange ideas personally during the following modules on the Isle of Vilm".

The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship is an international extra occupational programme for professionals from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. In four ten-day training modules on the Isle of Vilm, it conveys technical knowledge and leadership skills to promising young talents from the region. The 20 participants in this year's class have already been working successfully for governmental and non-governmental organizations for several years and are characterized by their great commitment. They have been selected for the training program through a three-step application process, also with regard to their leadership potential. The participants apply what they have learned in their home countries and home organizations, thus ensuring that the programme has a broad impact. This year, for the first time, a participant from Slovenia is represented.

The first part of the Fellowship is taking place online for the first time. The KTF team of the INA gave the young leaders an overview of trends in and threat factors to global biodiversity and presented basic concepts of nature conservation. The participants learned elements for the strategic planning of nature conservation projects and improved their presentation skills and their competence to successfully represent concerns to the media.

The following modules of the fellowship will take place next year at the INA on the Isle of Vilm.

Background

Under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), BfN offers an extra occupational training for young leaders in nature conservation from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Partners are the World Conservation Union IUCN, the World Conservation Monitoring Center of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment WCMC), the Secretariat of the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship is financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Further information can be found here: www.bfn.de/en/int-academy/klaus-toepfer-fellowship-programme.html

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