The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme aims to strengthen nature conservation organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia by developing the capacity of early-career conservation professionals. As a partner in the Programme, IUCN led a one-day seminar on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM and its methodology.
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is the only extra-occupational training programme for established conservation professionals from both government and non-governmental organizations in the region. It focuses on broad biodiversity policy and on technical management and leadership skills. The 13-month course consists of four ten-day training modules, a transfer project with relevance to the work of the participants at their home institution, as well as tests, e-learning and additional assignments between the modules.
The one-day training led by IUCN at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany took place on 12 March. The aim of the training, delivered by Ana Nieto from the IUCN Regional Office for Europe, was to explain what the IUCN Red List is and how it can be used for informing national, regional and global conservation decisions. Participants learnt how to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria at both global and regional levels and acquired good understanding of the process by completing a sample assessment of species’ conservation status using the IUCN methodology. Participants also gained insight into how the data on the IUCN Red List and its assessments can be used to promote conservation action.
The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and implemented by its Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, in collaboration with IUCN, the CBD Secretariat, UNEP-WCMC and other international partners.