German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Cooperation partners

The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship is implemented in partnership with organisations, which are highly relevant actors in international biodiversity conservation. These strategic partners support the conceptual design of the programme, e.g. by providing technical input on current conservation topics and latest training methodologies, or by granting access to their extensive network of stakeholders in the nature conservation field.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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The IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)

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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was signed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is the first global agreement to cover all aspects of biological diversity: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) assists member governments in the implementation of the various programmes of work, coordinates with other international organizations and collects and disseminates information.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)


As an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range.

The UNEP World Conservation Center (UNEP-WCMC)


The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC, a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP's specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Centre for UNEP's collaboration with WCMC 2000.The Centre's goal is to provide authoritative, relevant and timely information for countries, multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions.

Additional cooperation partners

Further cooperation partners support the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme through technical advice, training support, as well as their regional expertise and networks throughout the region.

National Parks Jasmund
National Park Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer
Michael Succow Foundation
planpolitik Berlin
GIZ Regional Programme for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia
TRAFFIC International
The Nature Conservancy (Caribbean Programme)
Conservation International
ProPark Foundation (Romania)
Zoological Society Frankfurt
NABU (German BirdLife Partner)
Foundations of Success
Caucasus Nature Fund

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