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

A noble quest: Safeguarding the Critically Endangered Philippine cockatoo

September 16, 2021
This blog was originally published on the Conservation Careers website, which can be found here. Conservation Careers writer Marie Conroy speaks to CLP alumna, Indira Lacerna-Widmann, about her heroic efforts to save the Philippine cockatoo from extinction. Known for their ability to mimic humans, the Philippine cockatoo can talk, sing, and even dance, making these intelligent […]

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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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Furry raiders: Saving the sacred langurs of Chamba

June 09, 2021
This blog was originally published on the Conservation Careers website, which can be found here. Written by Marie Conroy In this interview, communications specialist Marie Conroy speaks to Vishal Ahuja, a Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) alumnus and teacher turned conservationist, who has dedicated himself to protecting the sacred langurs of Chamba, an Endangered leaf monkey. […]

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Uncovering the secret lives of lesser-known carnivores in Bangladesh

March 19, 2021
By Muntasir Akash This article is adapted from a version originally published on The Revelator website, which can be found here. The crab-eating mongoose is one of many elusive carnivores found in the protected national parks of north-eastern Bangladesh © Muntasir Akash Years ago I decided to focus my research and conservation efforts on the […]

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Getting ahead of the game in conservation marketing

March 09, 2021
By Ellie Warren This article has been adapted from a version originally published on the WILDLABS conservation technology platform, which can be found here. In an interview with biologist-turned-social marketer, Diogo Veríssimo, WILDLABS explores his somewhat unconventional career path and gets his take on how tech mediums like mobile app games can lead to real-world impacts. […]

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Saving cancer-treating yew trees in Nepal

January 21, 2021
By Kumar Paudel, CLP alumnus and co-founder & Director of Greenhood Nepal Maire’s yew is a globally threatened tree with cancer-treating properties. In Nepal, the species is critically endangered nationally, with only a few hundred mature trees left in the wild. My team and I at Greenhood Nepal are currently on a mission to safeguard […]

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Approaching conservation as a system

October 29, 2020
By Henry Rees, CLP Programme Officer Not long ago, when I was at a very early stage in my career, I had quite straightforward beliefs about biodiversity conservation. Back then, I saw very little overlap between the human and ecological worlds. My understanding of conservation was simply that these worlds should be kept apart where […]

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How conservation can help prevent future pandemics

October 22, 2020
While the exact cause of the COVID-19 outbreak is still a matter of debate, the broad consensus is that at its origin is a coronavirus that occurs in wildlife (a zoonotic disease). There is also strong evidence to suggest that human actions enabled the causative coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to jump from wild animals to people. In […]

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