The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme aims to strengthen organisations from the nature conservation sector in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, by developing the personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals to overcoming global biodiversity loss. The training programme catalyzes personal capacity development through training on international best conservation practice and policy, management training, and personal network development.
The 16-month course consists of four ten-day extra-occupational training modules at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. Each module includes eight days of on-site training and a two-day excursion to leading nature conservation institutions and sites in Germany. Training language is English. The modules combine joint learning on key conservation topics with management and leadership training: Informing Conservation, Conservation Management in a Spatial Context, Conservation Governance and Policy and Conservation Economics and Financing. As part of the programme, participants will develop a transfer project with relevance to the work of their home institution. The transfer project, once implemented, is expected to improve the effectiveness of their organisation or project.
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is receiving applications by 14 June 2013. Application documents and further information about the programme are available here.
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is implemented by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in partnership with IUCN, the CBD Secretariat and UNEP-WCMC. Funding of the programme is provided by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).