Fellows will travel from 14 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United States to attend the month-long training program.
Kinship Conservation Fellows offers mid-career conservation practitioners the opportunity to advance their work by using innovative market-based tools. The program is delivered by renowned faculty and includes one-on-one coaching sessions and a curriculum focused on conservation finance, leadership, and business and management practices. Sessions are designed to improve how practitioners respond to complex environmental conservation problems and incorporate systems-thinking exercises, role-play and field visits.
Fellows bring projects to develop during the program and leave with solutions they can apply directly to their work. As 2015 Fellow, Emy Brawley explains, “The initial concept that I outlined in my Kinship application was a farmland conservation investment fund that would unlock permanent protection and natural resource conservation on the last of Chicago’s family farms. I continued to work on the project after returning from the program, and we are now seeking funding to implement a proof-of-concept pilot. Kinship answered all of my questions about how to take an interesting idea and move it through due diligence into a viable project, and ultimately into an investment opportunity.”
“Kinship 2017 will focus on helping our new Fellows take their market-based conservation solutions to scale,” said Nigel Asquith, Director of Kinship Conservation Fellows and Director of the Latin American Watershared Initiative. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty to help each of our Fellows develop effective conservation programs in areas as diverse as Ecuadorian forestry, Australian water source protection, and Rwandan ecotourism."
The Fellows program takes place from June 25-July 26 in Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.