The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reports on the new class of Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders:
Earlier this month, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted the first training session of the Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (C-EWCL) class in Antigua. The 17 participants, representing 13 countries in the Caribbean and Central American Caribbean coast, are up-and-coming leaders in the wildlife conservation field. Class members included individuals from a wide variety of not-for-profit, private and government organizations.
The training was the launch of a two-year course for these participants, who will continue to plan, implement and evaluate four regional wildlife conservation projects under the guidance of the C-EWCL Advisory Board. The projects will benefit whales, sea turtles and the St. Vincent parrot, as well as assist in stopping illegal wildlife trade in the region.
C-EWCL will train participants in leadership and campaigning skills, while facilitating networking and mentoring in addition to conservation projects that benefit imperiled wildlife in the region.
The C-EWCL initiative will also serve to strengthen IFAW’s overall ties in the Caribbean—a region that is critical for biodiversity conservation, combating illegal wildlife trade and stopping the commercial hunting of whales.
Over the next two years the participants will continue to work on their conservation projects, come together for a virtual training in 2013 and another in-person training session in 2014, and explore opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.
Read the full article at the IFAW website. See a full list of the 2012-2013 Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders.
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