Rising Stars Receive Support to Conduct Research on High-priority Conservation Issues


The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) recently announced the winners of the 2009 Team Conservation Awards. This year, 29 teams in 12 countries were granted awards with support totaling $500,000.

"The awards offered by the CLP provide a launching pad for young professionals who are just beginning a career in the field of environmental conservation", says Robyn Dalzen, CLP Executive Manager. "Through this program, we are building the capabilities of future leaders and providing them with knowledge, skills and experience to address the most pressing conservation issues of our time."

IN DEPTH: Learn more about the Conservation Leadership Programme.

The CLP supports the vital work of a new generation of rising conservation professionals who are leading a number of diverse, practical projects – from developing an education center promoting the conservation of important bird areas in Brazil, to protecting freshwater turtles in China, community-based conservation of an endangered tree species in Egypt, and dugong conservation in the Comoros and Madagascar.

As part of the award, winning teams are invited to send a representative to an international training course covering topics from project planning and management to communications and outreach. This year’s course will be held in conjunction with the Society for Conservation Biology's Annual Meeting in Beijing, China and will run from 27 June to 16 July.

Conservation International is partnering with BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and BP to deliver this innovative capacity building program.

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