Fellowships in Conservation Offered to Indigenous Scholars and Leaders

4/22/2010

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Washington, DC - Four new fellowships in conservation are being offered to indigenous leaders and scholars around the world to help understand and spread traditional knowledge and practices that may help the world to effectively address the twin crises of climate change and the loss of global biodiversity.

The four fellowships being offered by Conservation International (CI) are designed to create opportunities for members of indigenous and traditional peoples’ communities and organizations to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and the threats to ecosystems and biodiversity that are affecting their lands, communities and livelihoods.

The program will look at the contribution of traditional knowledge in adapting to climate change and maintaining healthy ecosystems, and how that knowledge can work with science and new technologies to influence policy and action.

The year-long fellowship will be offered to four candidates. Two fellowships will be awarded within the topic of Biodiversity, and two within the topic of Climate Change.

Kristen Walker, Vice President of CI’s Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program said: “Indigenous communities have an immense wealth of understanding about the ecosystems that sustain us all, and the complex interactions that keep these systems functioning. These fellowships are designed to provide a formal means of refining some of that knowledge in ways that can help the whole of humanity to address climate change and biodiversity loss.”

Applicants must be a member of an indigenous/traditional community and/or organization and applications must be submitted by June 11 2010.  For further details, or to apply please visit: www.conservation.org/indigenousfellows

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For more information:

Rob McNeil, International Media Director, mobile +1 571 232-0455, office +1 703 341-2561, rmcneil@conservation.org

Adrienne McKeehan, Manager, Indigenous & Traditional Peoples Program, Conservation International, office: +1 (703) 341- 2574, a.mckeehan@conservation.org

Notes to the editors:

Conservation International (CI): Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. With headquarters in Washington, DC, CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents. For more information, visit www.conservation.org

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