Bee eater in Okavango Delta, Botswana, 2007. —Cecilia Simon, 2014 Fellow


From November 8-11, Kinship Fellows met in Mexico for the Fellows Summit - Latin America, the last in the series of Fellows convenings as part of Focus 2018.

Fellows gathered in Akumal, where they participated in working sessions on topics ranging from conservation finance models to developing social enterprises. Fellows had the opportunity to also examine ways to improve community connections in order to accelerate change, specifically in Latin America.

“I currently work almost exclusively in Mexico so I was looking forward to talking with Fellows from other parts of Latin America, hearing what they were up to,” said Cecilia Blasco (2011). “I learned all about work that's being done in other parts of the region, and in other parts of the world as well. Part of the motivation for attending the Summit was the opportunity to step outside of my day to day job, which is talking about fish, to remember that there are other parts of conservation, and that I can learn from what other people are doing.”

Cecilia Simon (2014), an active member of the Fellows Community, attended the Summit for a chance for face-to-face time with other Fellows. “I stay in touch with members of my cohort and I’m also part of the Conservation Finance Affinity Group. But the Summit is a great experience because having in-person conversations with other Fellows is invaluable, very enriching, and we don't get to do it that often.”

After convening Fellows at Summits in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Mexico, the skills and influence of the members of the Fellows Community was made even more evident. “What's unique about the Kinship Conservation Fellows program is that we now have more than 200 Fellows working in all seven continents, using market tools for conservation,” said program director, Nigel Asquith. “No one has the same depth and diversity of experience as this community. After these Summits, the goal is figure out how to leverage that, because that is how we will change the field.”

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.