Message from the Director
It has been a very busy few months with lots happening since the last edition of our newsletter.
First and foremost, after 12 wonderful years with CLP, I have decided to step down as Director of the program. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with CLP’s network of grantees, partners and supporters. I am happy to announce that Stuart Paterson has been appointed to lead CLP as Executive Manager. Many of you already know Stu – he has been with the program for seven years and is thrilled to be taking on this new challenge.
In May, CLP ran a Writing for Conservation training workshop in Brazil. This 5-day workshop led by Dr. Martin Fisher, editor of the journal Oryx, guided 10 participants from Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia through the process of planning, preparing and writing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal of conservation or ecology.
CLP held our annual two-week Conservation Management and Leadership Course for 2015 award winners in Alberta, Canada this June. Twenty-one participants from 12 countries were trained in a variety of topics like leadership, project planning, communications, behavior change and fundraising. We all enjoyed beautiful hikes, bear sightings, and culture nights. Read about the training from a participant’s point of view in this issue and check out the latest CLP video featuring participants from the course.
CLP partnered with other conservation donors to support alumni events at this year’s ICCB in Montpellier, France. Together with WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program and the Whitley Fund for Nature, we organized a networking social for the members of our networks, featuring a discussion with Rodrigo Medellin. Over 20 CLP alumni were at the ICCB, including seven funded with CLP travel grants.
There was also a strong CLP presence at a recent conference specifically focused on Building Capacity for Conservation & Resource Management in Nairobi, Kenya. Here, 170 delegates gathered to exchange ideas, develop and enhance capacity networks, and formulate solutions to common capacity problems.
In the coming weeks we shall be releasing news about our 2016 Call for Applications for Team Conservation Awards valued from $12,500 to $40,000 so make sure you follow CLP via Facebook and Twitter for all our latest news!
Wishing you continued success in your lives and work. Please read on for more news, updates and achievements accomplished by CLP alumni.