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Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) was initiated in 1985 in response to the need for additional scientific data on threatened species. The programme focused on sponsoring UK university students to collect data on biological diversity overseas during their summer break.

Over time, the programme has evolved to address changing conservation needs, and has become an international capacity building programme supporting young conservationists, the majority of whom are working in their own countries, to undertake applied biodiversity projects in less developed countries.

Based on CLP’s Theory of Change, this infographic displays the six main stages through which CLP supports professional development and conservation action.

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Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME)

The Ornithological Society of the Middle East was formed in April 1978 as a successor to the Ornithological Society of Turkey and was expanded in 2001 to cover the Caucasus and Central Asia. Its aims are as follows:

  • To collect, collate and publish ornithological data on birds of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • To encourage an interest in and conservation of birds of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • To assist environmental and conservation organisations and natural history societies in and concerned with ornithological studies and activities in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.The OSME region
  • lies between Europe, China and the Horn of Africa on two major migration flyways crossing Central Asia’s wind-swept steppes, the Caucasus’s towering mountains, Arabia’s wide arid deserts and the tropical seas of the Indian Ocean, with…
  • over 1,000 species of bird recorded….
  • important populations over 90 species of global conservation concern…
  • over one million migrating birds of prey concentrated at a handful of sites…
  • over three million wintering waterbirds
  • and much, much more.

What does OSME do?

OSME encourages birdwatchers

  • to birdwatch in the region
  • to participate in surveys
  • to work with others involved in the region
OSME promotes
  • the standardised recording of bird observations
  • collaboration with local bird conservation groups
  • an annual conservation and research fund – since 1999 over 50 projects have been supported by grants totalling over £30,000.

OSME acts by

  • bringing together knowledge of the region’s birdlife
  • publishing a wide range of papers in its journal
  • holding meetings, occasionally with other societies, where guest speakers are invited to provide new perspectives on ornithology in the region
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Education and Culture lifelong learning programme ERASMUS

The Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) was designed to enable people, at any stage of their life, to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as developing education and training across Europe.

With a budget of nearly €7 billion, the programme, which ran from 2007-2013, funded a range of exchanges, study visits, and networking activities.

The activities of LLP continue under the new Erasmus + programme from 2014-2020.

What did it involve?

Over the course of its lifespan, LLP provided support to school pupils, university students, adult learners, and a variety of projects under four main sub-programmes:

  • Comenius for schools
  • Erasmus for higher education
  • Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training
  • Grundtvig for adult education

The programme also included the “Jean Monnet” actions, designed to stimulate teaching, reflection, and debate on European integration.

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The Rufford Foundation

The Rufford Foundation is a UK registered charity which funds nature conservation projects across the developing world. To date the Foundation has awarded grants to over 4000 projects in 156 countries.

There are five stages of funding and applications from conservationists are welcome through the dedicated website.

Through its Conference programme, the Foundation encourages the sharing of knowledge and best practice throughout the conservation world.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading entertainment and media enterprise on a global scale.

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) makes grants for wildlife studies, habitat protection, and community conservation and education in critical ecosystems around the world.

It also makes awards to grassroots conservationists for outstanding work to protect wildlife and habitats, and to educate communities.

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