With this in mind, one of Fauna & Flora’s absolute priorities is to ensure that as many as possible of these people and organisations are equipped with the skills and resources needed to maximise their conservation impact.
At an individual level, we are providing professional development in areas such as leadership, advocacy and technical skills, through mechanisms such as the Conservation Leadership Programme, which offers grants, training, mentoring and networking opportunities to promising early-career conservationists in developing countries, and the Cambridge-based Masters in Conservation Leadership, which aims to train students drawn from all around the world to address the challenges of biodiversity conservation in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner by focusing on the root causes of biodiversity loss.
Boosting institutions and sectors
Cambodia is a prime example of a country rich in biodiversity but severely hampered by circumstance. In this case, decades of under-investment in the education sector following civil war and the Khmer Rouge genocide had left the country scientifically and educationally impoverished. Fauna & Flora joined forces with the Royal University of Phnom Penh to establish Cambodia’s first masters degree in biodiversity conservation and launch the Cambodian Journal of Natural History, the first scientific periodical of its kind.
At an institutional level, we offer support to our partners in strategic planning, building strong governance, finance and administration structures and improving access to funding. Fauna & Flora’s interventions may take the form of anything from mentoring and coaching, to training, information sharing and exchanges. We are demand-led, responding to requests for support and tailoring our approach accordingly, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all solution on all our partners.