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    Professor Meike Piepenbring is welcoming the participants of Frankfurt Spring School 2018.

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    The facilitators have a rich working experience in international NGOs, conservation agencies as well the KfW Development Bank.

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    On the first night of Spring School the participants are traditionally hosted by KfW Stiftung.

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    Frankfurt Spring School is also an opportunity for the participants to exchange on their individual experience in the field of nature conservation.

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    The scholars of 2018 (from left to right): Muluken Abayneh (Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority), Kevin Ibañez (FZS Peru), facilitators Nick Folkard and Martin Davis, Tinh Nguyen Thi (FZS Vietnam), Lalatiana Randriamiharisoa (Madagascar National Parks), Joyce Mungure (Tanzania National Parks), Jennifer Montoya (Dirección Provincial de Ambiente de Santa Elena, Ecuador)

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    Invited by FZS, the participants say farewell in the premises of Frankfurt Zoo and eventually receive their certificates.



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The first year of Frankfurt Spring School had turned out to be a great success. Therefore, in February 2018 Goethe University and FZS for the second time invited 30 international students and young professionals of biology and associated disciplines to come to a snowy Frankfurt. In the course of four intense weeks the participants gained basic knowledge of conservation work. The modules in Accounting, Project Development as well as Intercultural Competence were complemented by excursions into the field of daily conservation work – the group visited e.g. KfW in Frankfurt in order to learn more about the work of KfW Development Bank and the role of Human Resources in a project context. The school was concluded by a workshop with Andrew Zaloumis, awardee of the KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis 2017 and former CEO of iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority in South Africa.

This year’s six holders of the KfW Stiftung fellowship came from Vietnam, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Peru and Ecuador. Building on the input of the Spring School, in the following days the aspiring park managers were developing their own project ideas for their respective conservation area. After further individual intensive training and mentoring, a jury selected three projects that will now receive a funding of up to 100.000 EUR:

  • "Bee keeping for sustainability in villages adjacent to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania” by Joyce Mungure

  • "Strengthening the conservation of the Yellow-Spotted river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) in the Heath River basin, Peru / Bolivia" by Kevin Ibañez Saravia

  • "Conservation of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) at Puntilla de Santa Elena Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador” by Jennifer Montoya Lopez