Kinship Fellows gathered in Cambridge, U.K. for the fourth of five Summits as part of Focus 2018.
Fellows traveled from across Europe, as well as India and Africa, to examine the innovative use of market-based tools in the EU context, including the development of sustainable businesses. Fellows had the opportunity to share learnings and challenges from their current work and to network with other Fellows.
Anna Jamieson (2010), who runs Pasture Beef Sweden, hopes to preserve semi-natural grasslands in Sweden by creating a market for pasture beef and lamb. For Anna, having the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals is an important benefit of being part of the Fellows Community. "The Fellows Community gives me access to a whole range of people with different knowledge and experiences and specialties, which I would otherwise not have," said Anna. "My kind of work is a little bit specialized—trying to interact between the agriculture and the environmental sectors. So it is important for me to have a peer group that I can come back to."
For Shashank Srinivasan (2017), who traveled from India, the Summit was a great opportunity to meet Fellows from other cohorts. "There are people all over the world who are Kinship Fellows, who are at all levels within their organizations and with different levels of experience," said Shashank. "It's amazing to be able to tap into this vast network. With Fellows from 2002, 2005 and 2009, we could talk very freely about our time at the Fellowship and find so many parallels in our experiences, even though we are separated by 10 or 15 years.
Fellows at the Summit in Cambridge, U.K.
Director of Kinship Conservation Fellows, Nigel Asquith, observed that the Fellows are leading the world in market-based conservation. "When the Fellowship started fifteen years ago, we were out in left field in terms of what we were thinking," said Nigel. "The world's kind of caught up to us and it means that now many people in the conservation community are looking at markets and at economics. Using incentives and encouraging collaboration among different stakeholders is the way to go forward and is the way we move the dialogue on conservation."
About Kinship Fellows Summits
Kinship Conservation Fellows has been developing and delivering training on market-based conservation since 2001. As of 2017, its flagship Fellows program has trained 264 conservationists around the world. Facilitating collaboration among Fellows is part of the Program's strategy to accelerate effective and lasting conservation impacts and includes organized events such as the Fellows Summits. In 2018, Fellows will participate in Summits in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.