Earth Skills Network


Getting started with Earth Skills Network

The Earth Skills Network is a partnership between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and business partners, working together to improve the business management skills of staff working in protected areas. It provides an opportunity for you to become a Business Mentor and:

  • leave a positive legacy at some of the world’s most valuable protected natural sites by supporting their staff to address key business challenges
  • develop your professional leadership capabilities, facilitation skills and mentoring
  • apply business planning skills cross-culturally in an unfamiliar context
  • understand the value of natural resources to businesses and society, and how business decisions can impact on protected areas
  • increase your understanding of protected areas and environmental and social sustainability while deepening your connection to nature
  • strengthen dialogue and build more constructive relationships with the conservation community

If your organisation is not yet part of the Earth Skills Network, please contact us for more information on how your organisation can join.


“For me it was a 'leadership emersion programme' as it was an opportunity for me to strengthen my business skills, my mentoring skills, my coaching skills and my teaching and facilitation skills. At the end of the day we would receive feedback, debrief, review, identify improvement opportunities, adapt, adjust and implement it, all in a continuous improvement cycle.”

Andre Augusto Almedia, 2017 Business Mentor, Brazil

"Shell’s partnership with Earthwatch provides opportunities to both conservation and business. Experts from Shell use their experience to share knowledge and transfer key business skills to people who manage protected areas – the world’s most precious natural areas – to help them meet organisational challenges.

It gives Shell employees the opportunity to sharpen professional competencies and broaden their understanding of how business decisions can impact on the environment."

Rupert Thomas, VP Environment, Shell

Find out more about the successes and impacts of the programme so far.

The Earth Skills Network journey

Earth Skills Network Business Mentors are partnered with three managers from a protected area, which they will mentor for one year to develop business solutions that will improve the management effectiveness of the organisation. Mentors will first attend a Mentor Development Course which will train them to apply their existing business skills and knowledge to a protected area context. Trained mentors and protected area representatives will be brought together on a Residential Training Programme, set in an inspirational natural setting, where they will have the opportunity to share their experience and build the mentoring relationship.

Please click here for a full application pack laying out the details of the programme, the application criteria, and an application form.

The application deadline for protected areas is February 24, 2018.



THE ESN BENEFITS

Read about the programme successes:
ESN programme successes