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    The start of the Spring School: Students from Germany, Austria and Czech Republic will study together with the scholars of KfW Stiftung.

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    The four week programme of the Spring School is including modules of Budget Planning, Human Resources, Communication and Intercultural Competencies.

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    External Lecturers came to present contemporary issues in biodiversity and conservation management.

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    The international scholar were contributing to the classes with regard to their field experience of their respective employments.

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    A field trip to Kellerwald was also part of the curriculum.

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Introduction

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Nature conservation sets a precedent

In March 2017, the Frankfurt Spring School on Project Conservation Management took place for the very first time for bioscience students and students from related disciplines together with Goethe University Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. The course aims to share knowledge on the operational aspects of nature conservation work. The curriculum includes methods of project development and planning as well as budgeting, human resources, communication and how to deal with cultural challenges.  

The lecturers are experienced professionals from international NGOs and conservation organisations. KfW Stiftung funds six scholarships for dedicated employees from national park authorities or for park managers from Latin America, Africa and Asia. The scholarship holders participate in the programme and develop a project idea for their park or authority during this time. The finalised ideas are assessed by a jury at the end of the course and up to three of the best projects receive financial support to implement their goals.