CoalitionWILD and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas are partnering to provide a 12-month mentorship program in 2019.
knowledge, and connections built from long careers and years on the frontlines. To address this gap in intergenerational dialogue and knowledge sharing, CoalitionWILD and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) are pairing young conservation leaders with veterans in the field.
Our vision is a program that offers young professionals access to the guidance, advice, and support they are searching for while giving seasoned conservationists the opportunity to guide and empower the next generation and gain new insights and energy into their work.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 GLOBAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2019.
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“This program is an example of how we can address the challenges ecosystems face around the world at this time of growth and climate change, actively engaging young people to carry this work forward.”
Former secretary of the interior
united states department of interior
“Our partnership helps leverage the strength of both the Interior and CoalitionWILD to share knowledge, empower young people, and develop stronger conservation strategies for the future.”
Collaborative cross-generational relationships will help to invest in young professionals’ leadership and career growth in the environmental sector thereby developing a stronger constituency of young people for conservation.
A space is developed for experienced professionals to share their expertise, wisdom, and network to assist an early career professional in reaching their personal and professional goals, while also having the opportunity to gain inspiration, innovative thought, and fresh insight into current work challenges.
Fundamental gaps in supporting young people in the environmental sector are addressed and succession planning is developed by:
a. offering a more balanced approach to knowledge sharing between generations which allows for
more informed decisions, more collaboration, and greater respect that will in turn contribute
to the strengthening and motivation of communities and individuals;
b. creating leadership skill building opportunities for early career professionals; and
c. utilizing experience and knowledge to support the future of the environmental sector