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    Prof. Meike Piepenbring is welcoming the participants of Frankfurt Spring School 2019.

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    This year’s fellowship holders of KfW Foundation as well as the organizers of the programme

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    Many lectures allow the participants to benefit from the expertise of the teachers.

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    The participants of the programme discuss their project plans intensively.

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    Personal discussions between participants and teachers are a vital part of Frankfurt Spring School.

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    Also this year a field trip to the natural reserve Kellerwald was realized.



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The Frankfurt Spring School has taken place for the third time in 2019 in cooperation with the Goethe University and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Among the 30 participants there were again 6 fellowship holders from the foundation KfW Stiftung who were able to gather knowledge in the fields of Nature Conservation Work, Accounting, Project Development and Intercultural Competence during the four-week course.

This year, the six fellowship holders came from Brazil, Guyana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania and Indonesia. Building on the input of the Spring School, the aspiring park managers have developed their own project ideas for their respective conservation area following the course. At the end of the intensive training and additional individual mentoring, a jury evaluated the applications. Three projects were selected and received funding of up to EUR 50,000:

  • In Tanzania Regina Domonko carries out a project which aims at stopping deforestation in Tanganyika District through opening up alternative sources of income through beekeeping for the local population. Wildlife corridors can be saved and maintained by her project.

  • In the Indonesian island of Sumatra Andhani Hartanti will investigate how survival skills of infant borns of reintroduced orangutans can be improved.

  • The aim of Carolina Siqueira’s project is to make sustainable use of the Brazilian Savannah, called Cerrado, by including the locals and respecting the savannah’s biodiversity.