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The Earth Skills network is a unique partnership between business and the conservation world, which provides an opportunity for you to become a business mentor and:
The Earth Skills Network is a partnership between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and corporate partners, who are working together to improve the business management skills of staff working in protected areas.
If your organisation has not yet joined the Earth Skills Network, please contact us for more information on how your organisation can join.
The Earth Skills Network partners business professionals with protected area managers, offering business insights and training to help managers of some of the world’s most precious natural areas meet organisational challenges. This unique experiential learning programme aims to transform conservation through business skills sharing and personal skills development.
Kishore Rao - Director World Heritage Centre
Protected areas are the cornerstone of international efforts to meet ambitious global conservation targets, such as preventing species extinctions and safeguarding valuable ecosystem services. However, “protected area management leaves much to be desired, with management effectiveness in most cases just meeting or missing acceptable minimum standards” (IUCN). A lack of staff training in business planning is a significant contributor to this inefficiency.
The Earth Skills Network is the evolution of the successful Business Skills for World Sites Heritage programme which ran between 2009 and 2013. In partnership with Royal Dutch Shell and UNESCO, Earthwatch trained 27 business mentors who were paired with 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites or Sites working towards World Heritage Site status. This equates to 77 site staff trained in business skills.
Sachin Kapila, Manager: Environmental Footprint Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Royal Dutch Shell
The Earth Skills Network seeks to expand the reach of this highly successful programme to all natural protected areas (in addition to World Heritage Sites), and is welcoming new corporate members.
Find out more about the successes and impacts of the programme so far.
As an Earth Skills Network business mentor, you will be partnered with a protected area, which you will mentor for at least one year, to develop business solutions that will improve the management effectiveness of this site. Prior to a Residential Training Programme you will attend a Mentor Development Course, where you will be given training in the Business Planning Toolkit that forms the basis of the programme, to augment your own knowledge and skills. See the Earth Skills Network Journey to the right.
This programme is an opportunity for you to:
If the answer to these questions is yes, please click here for a full application pack laying out the details of the programme and an application form.
Application deadline for Shell Business Mentors is Friday 28th March
If you want to get involved or just need more information, then see information below:
For Protected Areas:
Read about the programme successes:
As an Earth Skills Network business mentor, you will be partnered with a protected area, which you will mentor for at least one year, to develop business solutions that will improve the management effectiveness of this site.
Mentors selected from partner organisations & matched with relevant Protected Areas.
Mentoring, facilitation & business planning developed during a five day training event.
Business skills transfer from mentors to Protected Area managers during a 10 day training event.
Mentoring support for mentees for at least 12 months. All supported by the Earth Skills Network staff.
Community of mentors and mentees combine to create a network dedicated to enhancing the management of Protected Areas.