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Read commentary and opinion pieces on conservation and capacity related themes provided by CLP staff and alumni.

Building leadership capacity for conservation in Southeast Asia

July 20, 2022
By Leala Rosen (CLP Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society) In May and June 2022, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) organised a virtual course to help rising conservation leaders in Southeast Asia learn about effective leadership in conservation practice at the local, regional and national level.  Implementing conservation faces a range of challenges, especially given the […]

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Conservation careers: Empowering young people in conservation

June 21, 2022
This article was originally published on the BirdLife International website. Sherilyn Bos, Capacity Development Officer at BirdLife International, works with the Conservation Leadership Programme to help early-career conservationists overcome threats to nature in places where capacity and access to resources is limited. Here, she tells us more about her role at CLP, her career journey […]

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Inside internships: Five top tips to ensure interns get what they really need

May 27, 2022
In two previous blogs, we’ve shown how internships can help rising conservationists kick start their careers, develop vital skills, boost their networks, and make a lasting impact on both society and biodiversity. These insights have come directly from previous CLP interns who shared their stories and experiences with us in a series of interviews and […]

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Why supporting today’s rising leaders can help protect tomorrow’s world

February 11, 2022
By Bradley Knight In a series of interviews with past CLP interns, I’ve been struck by the way these emerging conservationists have carved out more positive futures for both biodiversity and people through locally-led, innovative approaches. Speaking with past CLP interns, it’s been fascinating to uncover how emerging conservation leaders have used their internships as […]

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Imaginary borders and their very real effects

January 27, 2022
This article was originally published on Roundglass Sustain here. By Imran Samad International borders impact every species. What happens upstream to a river can affect river dolphins and other creatures even hundreds of kilometres downstream – a convincing reason to think of conservation as our shared biological heritage beyond political boundaries.  While travelling through Yanam […]

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Shining a spotlight on species in peril

December 15, 2021
Over the last nine months, several CLP alumni have been featured in The Revelator – an online news and ideas initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity in the US – where they have shared their stories and the plight of the species they are fighting to protect. This year, seven alumni wrote articles featured […]

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Unique insights help uncover the true value of conservation internships

December 14, 2021
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) intern Bradley Knight presents some of the inspiring stories and surprising insights emerging from the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Internship Scheme.  The CLP Internship Scheme places early-career conservationists within regional host organisations of one of the CLP partners (FFI, BirdLife international, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to provide them with on-the-job training and skills development. Below […]

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Saving the endangered “barking deer” of Vietnam and Laos

July 28, 2021
This blog was originally published on the Conservation Careers website, which can be found here. Conservation Careers writer, Marie Conroy, interviews CLP alumna Minh Nguyen to uncover why she’s committed her education and career to saving the Critically Endangered “barking deer” of Vietnam and Laos. It may seem strange that an animal only discovered by […]

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The Danube in the Iron Gates: Where bats and people meet!

July 14, 2021
This article was originally published on the lilieci.ro project website, and is also available to read in Romanian, Serbian and Hungarian. If you ever stood on the banks of the River Danube in the Iron Gates region of Romania and looked towards the Serbian shore, it seems to be within arm’s reach. At some points, […]

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Ten top tips for good project design

June 23, 2021
Last week, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) hosted the first of a three-part public webinar series taking place throughout June 2021. In the webinar, experienced conservationist, fundraiser and CLP trainer, Maaike Manten, shared her ten top tips for designing good conservation projects. For those who missed it (or just fancy a recap), Maaike’s tips and […]

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