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A to Z countdown to CLP red-letter day

March 11, 2016

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Over the course of the next few weeks the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) will be showcasing 30 years of support for endangered species in the run-up to the announcement of the 2016 CLP Team Awards.

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has funded more than 600 projects, providing grants, training and mentoring that have helped kick-start the careers of thousands of gifted young people across its global network. Many previous CLP award winners now lead their own national organisations, occupy senior positions in international organisations and play important roles within IUCN Species Specialist Groups.

CLP Awards play a vital long-term role in developing tomorrow’s conservation leaders, but they also have significant short-term impact, providing essential support to projects that achieve immediate conservation gains for threatened species and ecosystems throughout the world.

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Historically, CLP’s geographical remit has encompassed over 100 countries from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, taking in Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique and Myanmar along the way.

It is encouraging to note that applicants for the 2016 CLP Awards include teams from a geographically widespread range of countries, including Angola, Brazil, Georgia, Iraq and Vietnam, to name just a few.

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With less than a month to go before this year’s award-winners are officially announced, we thought it might be interesting and informative (and fun) to count down to this red-letter day with an A to Z list that reflects the wider contribution to endangered species and habitat conservation made by CLP project teams.

Starting tomorrow, we will be taking to Twitter and Facebook to launch our own CLP species alphabet, which will name-check some of the many threatened animals and plants that our previous award-winners have helped to discover, rediscover, safeguard or champion.

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Stand by for 26 days of alphabetical name-dropping to showcase some of the amazing amphibians, charismatic carnivores, floral phenomena, freshwater fish, marine marvels, myriad mammals, ornithological oddities and rare reptiles that have benefited from CLP support in some shape or form during the past three decades.

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