The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a training and capacity building programme that targets
individuals from developing countries who are early in their conservation career and demonstrate leadership potential. As a partnership initiative between BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, CLP builds the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in places with limited capacity to address high-priority conservation issues. The partner organisations believe that the programme’s success can be attributed to the fact that it goes beyond grant giving, providing on-going support and access to networks that help awardees gain skills and move up the conservation career ladder.
Since 1985, CLP has supported and encouraged thousands of individuals who are early in their conservation career and are aiming to address global conservation priorities at a local level. CLP has been an important stepping stone for many individuals and has helped to facilitate the discovery of species new to science, the designation of new protected areas, knowledge sharing and collaboration, and the creation of mechanisms for long-term conservation, such as the establishment of local non-governmental organisations and creation of conservation policy and action plans.
CLP offers Future Conservationist Awards of up to US$15,000 each to develop leadership capacity of early- career conservationists who want to make a positive difference on the ground. CLP supports teams of individuals with less than five years of professional conservation experience, who display a strong commitment to conservation and demonstrate leadership potential. All team members should have a desire to be impact multipliers across the conservation sector with the ultimate goal of mitigating threats to biological diversity. CLP develops conservation leaders by helping our grantees gain practical experience in managing their own priority projects. Winners of these awards will develop key skills through small-scale practical conservation projects and become eligible for continued support through CLP’s Continuation Awards and Alumni Network. CLP award winners also have long term backing and advisory support from CLP staff and partner organisations as they develop in their careers.
Each worth $15,000, Future Conservationist Awards are granted to teams of early-career conservationists who are conducting high-priority projects focused on protecting species listed as Data Deficient, Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Projects must take place in an eligible country, be led (or co-led) by a national of one of these countries, involve at least three people and last between three to 12 months.
When the call for applications opens for 2022 Team Awards, Guidelines for Applicants will be provided for full details on the eligibility criteria and application process.\