This year it is already for the fourth time that „Frankfurt Spring School“ takes place. From 24th February until 20th March young academics learn how to combine their scientific knowledge with management skills. Goethe University, WWF Germany and Frankfurt Zoological Society have once again set up a four-week programme that has a lot to offer. The seminars range from project management, financial reporting, organisational strategies to communication skills. Also, an excursion to the national park “Kellerwald” is planned in order to discuss and apply the acquired knowledge in a more practical context.
KfW Stiftung (Foundation) has granted six conservationists from Peru, Paraguay, Zambia, Tanzania, Malaysia and Vietnam a scholarship to partake in this unique training. But the Stiftung’s support extends even beyond the Spring School: Each scholarship holder receives individual training for project development. With the support of professionals the participant works on their own project proposal in detail. Every proposal aims at improving conditions in a conservation area in the respective home country. Finally, all scholarship holders present their proposal in front of a jury which selects up to three projects.
Each chosen project is rewarded with a sponsorship of 50,000 Euros for its implementation:
- Monica Paredes and Frankfurt Zoological Society are jointly responsible for the conservation of the Amazonian Manatee in Peru's Yaguas National Park.
- Patricia Roche and the WWF are building up the strengthening of key stekeholdern in Paraguay for the effective joint management of the Rio-Negro National Park.
- As a Pilot for the North Luangwa Ecosystem in Zambia, Francis Mapenga is working with the Frankfurt Zoological Society to reduce elephant-human Conflict in the Mukungule Game Management area.